Bethany band opens with home concert October 6

The Bethany College Symphonic Band will present its first home concert of the academic year on Tuesday, October 6.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Bethany College campus.

Special guests for the concert includes Professor of Political Science Joyce Pigge, who will provide commentary prior to the performance of “Walking Into History (The Clinton 12)”, and David Higbee, professor emeritus of music, who will perform “All The Things You Are,” a John Tatgenhort’s arrangement for alto saxophone and band, on loan from the 504 Air Force Band and Wichita State University Bands School of Music libraries.

The 60-member ensemble is directed by Doug Talbott, associate professor of music.

The band will perform a wide variety of selections, including: “The Star Spangled Banner” arranged by Jack Stamp; “Journey” by James Curnow, a four part piece which is vast in scope in order to capture the magnitude of the America landscape; Steven Bryant’s “Dusk,” describes the colors found in a beautiful sunset; “Arabesque” by Samuel Hazo, a three part work based in the mystical sounds of Middle Eastern music; Henry Fillmore’s “The Circus Bee”, the exciting and fast paced familiar concert march; and “Walking Into History (The Clinton 12)” by Richard Saucedo, an emotionally charged composition which pays tribute to the twelve black students who attended Clinton High School in the fall 1956 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling on integration.

During the intermission, Music Department Chair Dan Masterson will recognize Bethany students who have received performance awards in music for the 2009-10 academic year.

Following the performance, the public is invited to meet the musicians at a reception in the lobby of Presser Hall. The reception is sponsored by the Associated Music Students of Bethany College.