Wind Ensemble concert to feature faculty soloists

The Western University Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring faculty soloists on Thursday, Nov. 30.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the recital hall of Coulter Building. The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John T. West, professor of music at Western, is one of the top instrumental performing ensembles at Western. The group is composed of 53 musicians, most of whom are Western music majors.

WCU Wind Ensemble

WCU Wind Ensemble

The program will present seven of Western’s music faculty members in five different features on the program. Terri Armfield, assistant professor, will play the English horn and Amy Cherry, visiting instructor, will play the trumpet, performing Aaron Copeland’s well-known work “Quiet City.” Shannon Thompson, associate professor, will play the clarinet on “Liquid Ebony,” a recent work by the American composer Dana Wilson.

Bradley Ulrich, professor, will play the trumpet and Dan Cherry, assistant professor, will play trombone on “Cousins,” a duet by Herbert L. Clark. Ulrich will also collaborate with Larry Black, formerly of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, on Vivaldi’s “Concerto for two Piccolo Trumpets.” Michael Schallock, assistant professor, will play the tuba, performing the first movement of Edward Gregson’s “Concerto for Tuba and Band.”

Rounding out the program will be two works without soloists. The first is the movement “Mars” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” Finally, graduate assistant conductor Evan Doyle will lead the ensemble in Percy Grainger’s “Children’s March.”

“This concert is very special in that it showcases my wonderful colleagues on the music faculty,” said West. “WCU is fortunate to have nationally recognized artists as faculty members, and I think the audience will be impressed with their amazing abilities. This program will offer something for every taste, from Baroque to modern.”

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Western music department at (828) 227-7242.