The Southeastern Symphonic Winds – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s premier instrumental ensemble – continues its 2013-2014 concert season with a program of emotionally charged music entitled “parallels” on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.
The program includes works by Karel Husa, Kathryn Salfelder, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Mayrose, Vincent Persichetti, and Ron Nelson. “This is a program of music that really explores some dark emotional territory,” said Southeastern’s Director of Bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. “The idea of darkness shifting into light is a key element of the flow of the music. The idea is that by the end we’ve moved from anger and sorrow into expressions of joy.”
Joining the ensemble for this concert is Dr. Josh P. Byrd, Director of Bands at the University of West Georgia, who will conduct the group on Bach’s “Mein Jesu! was für Seelenweh.” “Dr. Byrd is an outstanding young conductor in the wind band world, and I’m excited to have him work with our students,” said Dr. Wallace. “He’s an uncompromising musician and always a pleasure to work with. His energy and passion can really light up the stage, and I’m looking forward to seeing him make music here at Southeastern.”
The program mixes a collection old and new music, with recently composed works like Kathryn Salfelder’s Crossing Parallels, a fantasia on Renaissance composer John Dowland’s “Flow my tears,” and John Mayrose’s post-minimalist Bending Light interspersed among classics of the repertoire such as Karel Husa’s Smetana Fanfare and Vincent Persichetti’s classic Symphony for Band. Ron Nelson’s ebullient Sonoran Desert Holiday closes the program.
The Southeastern Symphonic Winds is a performing ensemble consisting of Southeastern students and is open to qualified students in all disciplines pending competitive audition. Admission is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088 or Dr. Wallace at 580-745-2084.