Symphony Band to present free concert Feb. 23

The Western Carolina University Symphony Band will present its first concert of the 2010 season at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The concert will be held in the performance hall of WCU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Under the direction of John T. West, WCU director of bands, the ensemble will present a variety of original works for the wind band, beginning with the “Symphonic Dance No. 3 – Fiesta” by Clifton Williams. “A staple of the band literature for decades, the ‘Symphonic Dance’ is an exciting work with the flavor of a Mexican celebration,” West said.

The program also includes the band classic “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Early Light” by Carolyn Bremer, “Dusk” by Steven Bryant, “British Eighth” by Zo Elliott and “Symphonic Prelude – The Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer” by Mark Camphouse.

The WCU Symphony Band is composed of 80 student musicians, including both music majors and students from a variety of other WCU academic programs.

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