WCU Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble to hold final concert of the year

WCU's Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present “Songs and Dances” concert on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

WCU’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present “Songs and Dances” concert on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present their final concert of the year, titled “Songs and Dances,” on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The 7:30 p.m. performance in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus is free of charge and open to the public.

David Starnes

David Starnes

This combined concert will open with the Symphonic Band, conducted by David Starnes, director of WCU athletic bands, performing Alfred Reed’s composition “Russian Christmas Music,” as well as Reed’s arrangement of “Greensleeves.” The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Margaret

Margaret Underwood

Margaret Underwood

Underwood, associate professor with the WCU School of Music, will perform works by Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Woolfenden and Bach.

“This has been the first year that we have had two concert bands during the fall, and it has been fantastic to hear so much music happening in Coulter,” Underwood said. “The students work extremely hard to perform great music well, and we love making music with them.”

For more information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.