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Concert aims to be 'expressive'





Terry Crull uses a sports analogy when he talks about the fall concert being a highlight for him.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Fort Hays State University Wind Ensemble and choirs will perform at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on campus.

While Crull will conduct the choir at Friday's concert, Jeff Jordan, assistant professor of music, is in charge of the wind ensemble.

"It's a highlight because when you put a group together at the beginning of the year, (you) got a variety of backgrounds," he said. "To draw an ensemble to be a cohesive, working unit, it's like a non-conference season for an athletic team: That's not so much about wins and losses, but can we put a team together?

"This first concert is where we really work together, Jeff and I, to make a cohesive unit," he added. "The spring concert, hopefully we're a polished, well-oiled machine."

"Traditions" is the title of Friday's opening concert, and the theme is folk songs, said Crull, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at the school.

"The challenge is to make them sound unique and ... expressive, or people are going to go ho-hum," Crull said. "The fall concert, for me, it's a highlight, to get that group to sound up to snuff early in the year."

FHSU students are admitted free with their Tiger Card. Other tickets are $6 for adults; $4 for students and seniors; and free for children 12 and younger.