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Meyer to perform as soloist with SFA Wind Ensemble

October 3, 2014 - Robbie Goodrich
Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA, will perform as soloist with the SFA Wind Ensemble when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Turner Auditorium on the university campus.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The SFA Wind Ensemble will feature music faculty member Brad Meyer as soloist in the ensemble's fist concert of the year, slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Meyer will perform "Concerto No. 2 for Marimba and Wind Ensemble" by American composer David Gillingham.

"This piece shows off the variety of sounds a marimba can make, from lyrical to technical," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA and the ensemble's conductor.

"I am extremely honored that Mr. Allen chose me to perform Gillingham's 'Concerto No. 2' with the SFA Wind Ensemble," Meyer said. "It has been a pleasure to work alongside Mr. Allen and all the talented musicians. The students have worked extremely hard to put together this colorful and expressive composition. I am certain the performance will be exciting and entertaining for every age of audience member."

Opening the concert will be "Celebration Fanfare" by American composer Kevin Walczyk, who will visit the campus the following week to interact with SFA music students.

The second half of the program features music from German composers, beginning with "Huldigungsmarsch" by Richard Wagner, written for band in 1864. The concert closes with a cornerstone work for modern bands, '"Symphony in Bb" by Paul Hindemith.

"This is a mammoth composition," Allen said. "It is full of interesting compositional techniques while still being very listenable."

This concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.