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SFA bands present 'Journeys' concert

April 19, 2011 - Sylvia Bierschenk
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Symphonic and University Bands of Stephen F. Austin State University will present a joint concert, "Journeys," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"The program will take the audience on a journey through a large part of the 'sound-spectrum offered by wind bands," said Brett A. Richardson, SFA assistant director of bands and the Symphonic Band's conductor.

Under the direction of David W. Campo, SFA associate director of bands, and Corey Daniel, graduate student from Pineville, La., the University Band will open the concert with Richard Saucedo's "Triumphant Fanfare."

The band will then present Douglas Akey's "The Wayfarer's Journey," a new piece that captures "a journey through life's trials and tribulations to a final place of peace and rest," explained Daniel.

The first half of the program will conclude with William Latham's transcription of J.S. Bach's "Three Chorale Preludes" and John Philip Sousa's "Washington Post."

Brett A. Richardson, SFA assistant director of bands, will conduct the Symphonic Band's opening number, David Biedenbender's "Luminescence" and then pass the baton to Catherine Conrad, graduate students from Granbury, who will conduct Sousa's "Manhattan Beach" march.

Chris Bailey, SFA alumnus and director of bands at James E. Taylor High School in Katy, will lead the Symphonic Band in presenting the hymn "The King of Love My Shepherd Is."

The concert will close with Frank Ticheli's "Vesuvius," a work that Richardson says "captures the pure fear and terrible power of the volcanic eruption that destroyed the city of Pompeii in 79 A.D."

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Dr.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu; or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.