Ensemble starting season with ‘British Travelogue’

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the 2012-13 season with “A British Travelogue” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

The 55-member Wind Ensemble comprises the best musicians in the WCU School of Music and is conducted by director of bands John T. West.

The concert will feature music by noted composers inspired by various places in the British Isles. The concert centerpiece is Percy Grainger’s masterwork “Lincolnshire Posy,” a suite of six movements, each based on folk songs collected by the composer during visits to the Lincolnshire region of England in the early 1900s. Also on the program are “A Manx Overture” by Haydn Wood, inspired by the composer’s homeland of the Isle of Man; Gustav Holst’s “Moorside March,” conducted by graduate student Emily Talley; “Four Scottish Dances” by Malcom Arnold; and “Thames Journey” by Nigel Hess.

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