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FHSU winds, choirs set to kick off concert season

10/23/2012

Special to The Hays Daily News

The Fort Hays State University Wind Ensemble and Choirs will perform their opening concert of the year, titled "Traditions," at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus.

The Wind Ensemble will open the performance with Richard Strauss' Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare, premiered by its namesake orchestra in 1924 during the Mardi Gras or Carnival holiday of March and performed annually ever since at the same event. The ensemble will follow the fanfare with The Ramparts by Clifton Williams, an overture for band with optional choir composed for the U.S. Air Force Academy Band. Other highlights of the program include Color, a set of English Renaissance Dances and Nocturne by Indiana University composer David Dzubay. The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Jeff Jordan.

The FHSU Concert Choir and Fort Hays Singers, conducted by Terry Crull, will open the second half of the performance. The overlying theme behind their portion of the concert will be traditional folk songs presented in a unique format: two different versions of each of six works will be performed, one setting being performed by the Fort Hays Singers, and the second being sung by the Concert Choir. Listeners will be able to compare the two contrasting settings by different composer and arrangers along with the contrast between the chamber-sized ensemble (22 voices) of the Fort Hays Singers and the large-group sound (54 voices) of the Concert Choir. Highlights include "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," "Danny Boy," "The Drunken Sailor," "All Through the Night" and "Elijah Rock."

FHSU students are admitted free with a student ID, and other tickets are: $6 for adults; $4 for students and seniors; children 12 and younger are free.