WCU Wind Ensemble to perform Dec. 4

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will perform its final concert of the year at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature WCU clarinet professor Shannon Thompson in the North Carolina premiere of a new concerto commissioned by WCU and a consortium of other universities. The work, by composer James David, is titled “Auto ’66,” with each of the three fast, rhythmically complex movements inspired by a classic car from that year. The first movement is titled “Lamborghini Miura,” the second is “Mini Cooper S” and the third is “GTO.”

The other major work on the program is Frank Ticheli’s monumental “Symphony No. 2,” which WCU also was part of commissioning and premiering. The symphony originally was composed in honor of James Croft upon his retirement as director of bands at Florida State University. It will be performed this time in his memory; Croft, a former professor of John West, WCU director of bands, died in September.

Other works on the program include “Resplendent Glory” by Rosario Gallante; “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen, as transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds; and the Bach chorale “Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just,” as transcribed by James Croft and conducted by graduate assistant Emily Talley.

The Wind Ensemble is the premiere instrumental performing ensemble in the WCU School of Music and comprises 54 of the top music students at WCU.

For more information about the performance, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242 or visit music.wcu.edu.