October 12, 2009

Wind Ensemble presents season-opening concert

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Wind Ensemble opens its season Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Shryock Auditorium with a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The program combines traditional pieces and new, covering several genres of winds music in the process. The ensemble opens with the “Toccata Marziale,” composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Williams debuted the tocatta in 1924. It has since become a standard part of military and university bands’ orchestral repertoire.

The Wind Ensemble will also perform a new composition by contemporary composer Kathryn Salfelder, “Cathedrals.” Salfelder wrote the piece specifically for a wind ensemble.

Also on the program are “La creation du monde” or “The Creation of the World,” composed by Darius Milhaud, which includes a piano and several string instruments; “Resonances I” composed by Ron Nelson; and “Southern Harmony,” a four-movement work composed by Donald Grantham.

The Wind Ensemble has, in the last two years, debuted at Carnegie Hall and engaged in a cultural tour of China. Christopher Morehouse, assistant professor and the director of bands for SIUC, conducts.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students. Get tickets in advance at the ticket offices in the Student Center or the SIU Arena, or at the Shryock box office. Tickets are also available prior to the performance.