PULLMAN, Wash. – A free, public celebration of 20th century North American music will feature a symphony by Washington composer Alan Hovhaness when the Washington State University Wind Symphony Orchestra kicks off the 2011-12 season at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Bryan Hall Theatre.
The performance will be directed by new orchestra conductor Matt Aubin.
Hovhaness was the Seattle Symphony’s composer in residence for more than 30 years. The 100th anniversary of his birth is 2011, and the concert will begin with his “50th Symphony.”
Samuel Barber’s popular and poignant “Adagio for Strings” will follow. The concert will conclude with a rousing rendition of the Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’s “Danzon No. 2.”
Prior to his appointment at WSU, Aubin was a conductor and adjunct professor at the Hartt School in West Hartford, Conn., as well as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s educational programs conductor. He led the HSO in several interactive and educational performances designed to connect another academic discipline, such as reading or math, with classical music.

Sandra Albers, 335 4148, sandra_albers@wsu.edu