The Fort Hays State University Bands will perform their final concert of the year, entitled “Something for Everyone” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center.
“The American Concert Band is probably the most puzzling ensemble to the average listener because of how it is often perceived,” said Jeff Jordan, director of bands, in a press release. “Sometimes it is considered a sit-down version of a marching band while others see it as the wheezy old ‘concert in the park’ ensemble portrayed on vintage television shows like Green Acres and Andy Griffith. Adding to the confusion are the variety of names affiliated with it such as Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble and one can understand why audience members might be confused. In reality, all of these labels are inadequate to portray the vibrant, artistic and engaging group that we call a band.”
Featured music will include the works of Wagner, Mendelsshon and Strauss along with most respected composers of the 20th century, including Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Paul Hindemith. Works from more contemporary compers, including Pulitzer Prize Winners John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon and Kevin Puts, also will be performed.
The Fort Hays concert will feature the world premiere of two transcriptions for band by Jordan and Symphonic Winds conductor Peter Lillpopp. It also will boast the music of John Phillip Sousa, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jean Sibelius and Leonard Bernstein, whose centennial is celebrated this year. A special highlight will feature the unique sonic palette of William O. Smith’s East Wind.
Additionally, the work of popular American band composer Pierre LaPlante will be showcased with American Riversongs, led by student conductor Aislinn Walters. Walters, a senior music education major from Hays is also the 2017-18 holder of the prestigious Presser Music Scholarship.
Students are admitted free with their Tiger Card, and other tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens. Children 12 and under are free.