Bethany band performs in Messiah Festival

The Bethany College Symphonic Band, directed by associate professor of music Doug Talbott, will perform Monday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. This concert event is part of the Bethany’s annual Messiah Festival of the Arts.

The 60-member ensemble will present a varied and challenging program featuring compositions performed and commissioned by some of America’s finest bands. Selections include “Tempered Steel” by Charles Young, commissioned by the Big 12 Band Directors Association; Rossano Galante’s “Resplendent Glory,” recently recorded by The Twentynine Palms Marine Band; “Symphonic Prelude” by Mark Camphouse, describes the Normandy American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach; and Anthony Suter’s unusual and festive “Dancing at Stonehenge.” “Gaelic Rhapsody” by Elliot Del Borgo continues the band’s exploration of world music while Henry Fillmore’s “Rolling Thunder” is the third in a series of circus marches performed by the band this year. Junior flautist Jodi Bachand will direct Frank Tichelli’s “Amazing Grace” in partial fulfillment of her Bachelor of Music Education degree.

Guest ensemble for this concert will be the Bethany Saxophone Quartet, performing “Allegro de Concert” by J. B. Singelee. The ensemble is coached by David Higbee, professor emeritus and saxophone studio instructor at Bethany. A reception, hosted by the Associated Music Students of Bethany College, will follow in the lobby of Presser Hall.

The concert is one of many special events during Bethany’s annual Messiah Festival of the Arts, March 28 – April 4. Learn more at www.bethanylb.edu/messiah.

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