Bethany band honors student at first concert

The Bethany College Symphonic Band will present its first concert of the academic year on Tuesday, October 5.

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

The band will begin the concert with a tribute to Max McCutcheon, an incoming freshman who passed away in a car accident on August 6. Because McCutcheon would have been a part of the instrumental music program this fall, the band will honor his memory by playing Howard Hanson’s “Chorale and Alleluia.” Other selections to be performed include: “Ye Banks and Braes” by Percy Grainger, “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti, “Old Home Days: Suite for Band” by Charles Ives and Dana Wilson’s “Colorado Peaks.” The final selection of the evening will be “Folk Dances” by Dmitri Shostakovich. This suite combines several native Russian dance tunes and ties them together into this single composition.

The ensemble is directed by new faculty member Jared Chase, assistant professor of music.

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.