Saturday, April 09, 2011

Superior Wind Symphony, Campus Concert Band to perform Apr. 10

HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech's Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10, in the McArdle Theatre on campus.

This concert has been rescheduled twice because of the band's support of the Huskies Women's Basketball Team's appearance in the championship game.

The Campus Concert Band will begin the program with a set that includes "Cajun Folksongs" by Frank Ticheli. This work is a setting of two folksongs from southern Louisiana and was composed as a tribute to this culture. The Campus Concert Band will close with Julius Fucik's grand march, "The Florentiner."

Following the Concert Band, various chamber music ensembles, including the saxophone sextet and trombone quartet, will take the stage to showcase their small group talents.

The concert will conclude with the Superior Wind Symphony. The ensemble returned from a two-day residency in Ironwood, where they worked with area high school and middle school bands and performed an evening concert at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. The symphony will play Bach's "My Jesus, Oh What Anguish," a chorale considered to be one of Bach's most haunting and poignant expressions of sorrow and compassion.

The audience will also be treated to Percy Grainger's "Molly on the Shore" and Johann Strauss' famous "Radetzky March." The highlight of the performance will be John Mackey's "Xerxes." This piece is what the composer calls an "angry concert march." While it maintains the traditional form of a march, the harmonies and tone colors are darker and recollect Xerxes, the King of Persia. The piece features the percussion section on traditional and nontraditional instruments like a brake drum that was picked up from Ed's Iron Salvage.

Ticket prices are $10 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for Tech students with ID. To purchase tickets, contact the Rozsa Box Office at 487-3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487-2073, or go online at

No refunds, exchanges or late seating, please.

The McArdle Theatre is located on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center, which is attached to the Rozsa Center.

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