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SFA's Wind Ensemble to present 'British Masters' program

November 16, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program "British Masters" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"All the pieces are rooted in the English musical tradition," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands and of the ensemble.

Two featured works are "Crown Imperial" by William Walton and "Four Scottish Dances" by Malcolm Arnold.

"Crown Imperial" was composed for both band and orchestra for the coronation of King Edward VIII, Allen explained.

"But after his abdication, it was used to crown his brother, George, as king in 1937," he said. "It was used more recently as a recessional in the wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William."

Allen described Arnold's compositions as "witty music."

"His 'Four Scottish Dances' are enjoyable to hear and reflect his clever sense of orchestration," he said.

The concert will also include two pieces by Percy Grainger and works by Edward Elgar and Kenneth J. Alford.

The recital 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.