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FHSU bands set for season finale

Special to The Hays Daily News

Fort Hays State University Bands will present their final concert of the year at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

The Symphonic Winds will open the first half of the program under the direction of graduate student Nathan Froebe, who will conduct Eric Whitacre's "The Seal Lullaby."

Froebe is completing his first year of study in composition at FHSU and already has premiered two original works with the university bands.

Lane Weaver, the ensemble's resident conductor, will take the podium for Philip Sparke's "Dance Movements," a virtual concerto for band in four large sections.

Commissioned by the United States Air Force Band, this virtuosic work features the full band as well as separate movements showcasing the brass and woodwind choirs.

Jeff Jordan will lead the Wind Ensemble in the concert's second half, which will include Scott Boerma's "Fanfare for a Golden Sky" and Percy Grainger's jaunty "Children's March."

Ivalah Allen will be the evening's guest artist, performing Bernard Gilmore's "Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Band."

Allen is in her second year at FHSU and, in addition to her teaching duties, also serves as director of High Plains Music Camp. The program will close with Leonard Bernstein's rousing political overture "Slava!"

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children 12 and older. Children 11 and younger and FHSU students are admitted free.