Mount Union to Present Spring Band Concert April 17

April 10, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will host the Spring Band Concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 17 in the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

Performing in the concert will be the Mount Union Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands directed by Dr. Otis C. French, director of bands. For the first time in more than four years, both the ensemble and band are now being offered during the same semester, allowing them to play together for the evening’s performance.

“I am very proud of the hard work each ensemble has put forth in preparation for the concert,” said French.

The Spring Band Concert will begin with the Concert Band playing a total of five music pieces. The Concert Band will perform works including “Emblem of Unity March,” “Rhapsody on American Shaped Note Melodies” and “Sun Dance.”

Following the short intermission, the Wind Ensemble will play two pieces. After the first two pieces, they will conclude with the Third Movement, “for Natalie,” and the Fourth Movement, “Finale,” of James Barnes’s “Third Symphony, Op. 89 for Symphonic Band.” The Third Symphony was written by James Barnes and inspired by the tragic death of his baby daughter, Natalie. Shortly before her passing, Barnes was commissioned to write a symphony for the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.; he decided to write about Natalie.

The concert is free to attend and open to the public. The Giese Center for the Performing Arts is located on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. For more information, contact Mount Union’s Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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