PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Symphonic Band and WSU Wind Symphony plan their first concert of the year for Tuesday, Oct. 2, on the Pullman campus. The 8 p.m. program is set for Bryan Hall Auditorium and is open to the public without charge.
The symphonic band, conducted by WSU faculty member David Turnbull, will open with Ralph Vaughan William’s “Flourish for Wind Band” and a setting of “Shenandoah” by composer Frank Ticheli. W. Francis McBeth’s classic for band, “Chant and Jubilo,” will complete the concert’s first half.
The wind symphony, conducted by faculty member Keating Johnson, will base its performance on American and British folk music. The opening work is Charles Ive’s “Country Band March,” a tongue-in-cheek composition incorporating American folk and march melodies such as “Yankee Doodle,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Marching Through Georgia” and “Semper Fidelis,” and British melodies such as “British Grenadiers” and “London Bridge.”
Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy,” six folk songs set for wind band, also is on the program. The evening’s final work is “Symphonic Songs for Band” by American composer and Broadway arranger Robert Russell Bennett., He orchestrated many of the well-known Broadway musicals of the 1940s and 1950s.