The diverse capabilities of the wind band will be illustrated as the WSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band feature a variety of intriguing and diverse music Thursday night in Bryan Hall Theatre.
The concert will begin promptly at 8 p.m. and is free to the public.
Under the direction of Chris Dickey, the first half of the program will feature the combination of the WSU Symphonic Band and the Pullman Community Band.
“When I select music, I choose things that my group will not only enjoy performing, but also music from which they can learn,” Dickey said. “By that I mean they will be exposed to idiomatic writing for their instruments, music from composers of different style periods or schools of composition, as well as music that is simply fun to play.”
First on the program is “A Festival Prelude” by Alfred Reed.
“I felt that my students needed to play something written by him just to make sure they were exposed to quality literature, Dickey said. “The piece is a great concert opener in that the primary themes have a fanfare quality, perfect for beginning a program.”
The second and third pieces on the program are “Danse Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saens and “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
“Danse Bacchanale is very lively and bubbles with energy,” he said. “English Folk Song Suite is set in three movements. The melodies are very tuneful and are distinctly English. Since I am largely of English descent and I love English music, I thought it was appropriate to select this piece for the combined bands.”
The Symphonic Band will conclude with “Galop” from the Musical Comedy “MOSCOW, CHEREMUSHKY” by Dmitri Shostakovich.
“This piece falls into my category of fun music,” he said. “With a relentless rhythmic drive, one cannot help but feel propelled forward. I wanted to select a piece that would delight the audience.
Under the direction of Chris Neal, the WSU Wind Ensemble will perform “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger, “Septet” by Paul Hindemith and “Yiddish Dances” by Adam Gorb.
“Each piece selected has its own unique quality, educational purpose and aesthetic value,” Neal said. “This is a performing group, but it’s also a class. My job is to educate and part of that education is getting that group from making and conceptualizing sounds in certain ways. Much of the repertoire I choose is pointing towards that understanding.”
The American Bandmasters Association commissioned “Lincolnshire Posy.” The six movements are based on folk songs from Lincolnshire, England. The piece has been recognized as a staple of the wind band repertoire.
“Septet” by Paul Hindemith, will represent a small portion of the group, senior music performance major Tori Steeley said.
“What is awesome about the piece is that every part is challenging, and collaborating with a smaller group is fun,” Steeley said. “It highlights the features of each instrument.”
“Yiddish Dances” was written in 1998. The work brings together the symphonic wind orchestra and Klezmer, or the folk music of the Yiddish-speaking people.
Music graduate student Chris Wurst said the program shows many styles of music.
“It encompasses a bigger variety, including music that was not originally written for band,” Wurst said. “The music is much more challenging than it has been in the past.”