Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble in Bryan
Music will fill Bryan Hall Theatre Oct. 4.
The WSU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of music for the public at no cost.
As the first performance of the year, this concert serves tests the groups' abilities to work together.
Director of Bands Danh Pham said this concert is his first in this position at WSU.
“It's an extremely user friendly concert, from the length of the pieces to it's tunefullness,” Pham said. “There's a lot of variety in the concert that will appeal to different sorts of audiences. The length of the concert is really short — we should be in and out in under an hour.”
Majors and non-majors in music perform in each band. Pham said he hopes to use these concerts to help showcase students and their talent.
“We have really wonderful students here,” he said. “I think my views towards concerts is really showcasing everything that's good about the students. The pieces and the programs we select are good avenues for them as far as what they would be doing as a future occupation.”
Faculty take the stage
Two faculty groups will strut their talent in Kimbrough's Concert Hall this month.
Blues and the Abstract Truth will feature a faculty group called Jazz Northwest, according to the School of Music's website. The concert takes place Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in Kimbrough.
Jazz Northwest will perform music by Oliver Nelson, the composer of Blues and the Abstract Truth.
The bassoon takes the stage for the second faculty artist series on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in Kimbrough. The performance features WSU professor Ryan Hare and previous WSU professor Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn.
Both concerts are free for WSU students, $5 for non-WSU students and seniors 60-years and older and $10 for general admission.
The jazz age returns
Two WSU bands will showcase jazzy tunes Oct. 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Kimbrough Concert Hall.
The jazz bands, Big Band I and II, will take the stage for their first concert of the season. Directors Greg Yasinitsky and Matt Lanka have prepared the groups since the semester start.
“A new band is always interesting,” Yasinitsky said. “There is a unique mix of musical personalities in this group, and no other band can express what this particular band has to say musically.”
The concert is free for the public.
“The first Big Band concert of the year is always exciting,” Yasinitsky said. “It is our first chance to share our musical gifts with the WSU community.”