The Mississippi State University Wind Ensemble will present its second concert of the season Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium.
The program will open with “Moto Perpetuo,” the brassy opening movement of Ralph Hultgren’s “Symphony for Wind Instruments.”
In a complete change of style, the ensemble will then perform Herbert L. Clarke’s arrangement of the Christian hymn “Nearer My God to Thee.”
The program continues with the “First Suite in Eb” by Gustav Holst,a composition long considered one of the cornerstones of writing for the present-day wind band. The Holst suite will be conducted by Dr. Craig Aarhus, assistant director of bands.
Next on the program will be Jack Stamp’s “Bandancing,” a piece that fuses elements of popular dance into a suite including a type of funk, a tango, an up-tempo waltz, a slow dance and a samba.
The concert will feature organist Matt Chisolm, a graduate student in accounting from Tupelo, with David Gillingham’s “Prophecy of the Earth,” a symphonic poem for band and organ.
The composition celebrates the beauty and magnificence of the earth along with reflecting concern at the effect of man on the planet by incorporating motives of the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth” and the “Dies Irae.”
Edwin Franko Goldman’s march “Onward, Upward” will close the program.
The Wind Ensemble is the premiere instrumental ensemble at Mississippi State University. Membership is extended to the most advanced musicians through competitive audition, regardless of university major.
In addition to two to three campus performances each semester, the Wind Ensemble conducts a regional performance tour annually during the spring semester. The band has been the featured university band at the Mississippi Bandmaster’s Convention three times in the past 10 years and has performed for the Mississippi All-State Concert Band.
In 2008, the Wind Ensemble conducted a performance tour of the British Isles, culminating with a concert at the Royal Armed Forces School of Music in Twickenham, England.
The ensemble is conducted by Elva Kaye Lance, director of bands at MSU.