Wind Ensemble to premiere new symphony during campus concert

WCU’s Wind Ensemble will perform “Symphony #6, Three Places in the East” on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present a special concert Tuesday, Nov. 28, featuring the premiere of a new symphony by contemporary American composer and conductor Dan Welcher that draws inspirations from three national parks, including the local Great Smoky Mountains.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus. It is free and open to the public.

Daniel Myers

Welcher’s “Symphony #6, Three Places in the East” was inspired by the Everglades, Acadia and Smokies national parks, and incorporates regional songs such as the Cherokee morning song and “Rocky Top.” WCU is a part of a consortium that commissioned the work. The performance also will feature Charles Ives’ “Variations on America” and Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy,” as well as student soloist Daniel Myers performing “Concerto for Marimba and Wind Orchestra” by Emmanuel Sejourne.

The WCU Wind Ensemble is an auditioned group of musicians performing a challenging repertory that includes premieres of commissioned works. For more information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.