Wind ensemble to perform at WCU Dec. 6

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its final concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The musicians will perform under the direction of John T. West, director of bands and associate dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WCU. Admission is free.

The concert will begin with a performance of Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 in C Minor, featuring a collaboration of four WCU faculty members – Terri Armfield, Shannon Thompson, Will Peebles and Travis Bennett – and four student musicians – Erin Pugh, Hannah Austin, Julie Popelka and Andrew Gore.

The full wind ensemble will perform three major original wind works, beginning with Norman Dello Joio’s “Variants on a Medieval Tune.” Graduate assistant conductor Jody Brent McCarn will lead the ensemble in Eric Ewazen’s “A Hymn for the Lost and the Living,” a tribute to those lost in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, and Austin will be featured on clarinet in a presentation of Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades.”


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