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SFA Wind Ensemble to perform music of Copland, Grantham

November 17, 2017 - Robbie Goodrich
SFA's Wind Ensemble will present a program of music from across America at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program "Americana" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"This concert features music from different parts of America," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands and of the Wind Ensemble.

The featured work on the program will be "Outdoor Overture" by Aaron Copland, who wrote both the orchestral and band versions of the piece in 1938.

"Copland is an icon of American music, and this piece was one of the first to show his burgeoning 'American' style," Allen said.

The well-known tune "Shenandoah" will also be performed.

"This setting was commissioned by SFA and several other universities," Allen said. Donald Grantham, who teaches composition at the University of Texas at Austin, created the setting.

"Saisei Fanfare" by Brett William Dietz, professor of percussion at Louisiana State University, will open the concert. The band will also play a march by Franz von Blon.

The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and the 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.