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SFA Wind Ensemble to perform 'Music by American Composers'

January 17, 2013 - Robbie Goodrich

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble will present "Music by American Composers" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The performance, which is part of the SFA School of Music's Concert Series, features pieces from American composers, reflecting "the great variety that is to be found in American music," said Fred J. Allen, SFA director of bands and of the ensemble.

Among the featured pieces is "Rocky Point Holiday" by Ron Nelson.

"It is an exciting and vibrant piece that depicts Americans on vacation," Allen said. "It is a standard work in the repertoire and shows off the colors and skills of the band."

The program will also feature "Turn Not Thy Face" by Vincent Persichettti, written after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The piece will be conducted by David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA. Tamey Anglley, SFA assistant director of bands, will conduct "Country Band March" by Charles Ives, which shows the humor Ives frequently portrayed in his compositions, according to Allen.

"These pieces comprise our tour concert," Allen said. "The band will perform at five high schools prior to returning to campus to perform this concert."

Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/ or call (936) 468-6407.