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SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Chiaroscuro'

April 27, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present "Chiaroscuro" at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The concert title, "Chiaroscuro," is a term used in drawing and painting, according to Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA and conductor of the ensemble.

"It refers to the contrast between light and shadow," he said.

The major work of the concert is "Wine-Dark Sea" by American composer John Mackey.

"This is Mackey's first symphony for band," Allen said. "It draws inspiration from Homer's ancient tale 'The Odyssey.'"

David Campo, associate director of bands, will conduct "From a Dark Millennium" by another American composer, Joseph Schwantner.

Allen went on to say, "Both of these pieces deal with the juxtaposition of light and darkness. They even have references to it in their titles."

The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.