The Fort Hays State University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds will perform their second concert of the year, “Stars and Surprises” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.
The Fort Hays Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Peter Lillpopp, will open the concert with Sergei Prokofiev’s Athletic Festival March. Prokofiev, familiar to many as the composer of "Peter and the Wolf" was a lifelong sports fan who penned the jaunty march during the years 1935-37. Directly following, student conductor Abigail Hirsch a senior music education major from Abilene will lead the ensemble in Franz Beibl’s "Ave Maria." Other highlights of the program include John Mackey’s "Foundry," so named for its use of “found” percussion items and Susan Botti’s "Eye of the Hawk."
The FHSU Wind Ensemble will open the second half of the concert under the baton of Jeff Jordan. This portion of the concert will feature Bob Margolis’ Renaissance dance suite titled "Color," Eric Whitacre’s serene and reflective "Sleep, My Child" and Clifton Williams’ march "The Sinfonians." The concert will close with Dmitri Shostakovich’s rousing "Galop."
The concert is free and open to the public.