Wind Symphony Performs New Works Featuring MSU Artist-faculty

7:30 p.m., March 23, 2017, Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center


The Michigan State University Wind Symphony is conducted by Kevin Sedatole, director of bands and chair of the conducting area. John Madden, associate director of bands, will be guest conductor and Justin Emerich, associate professor of trumpet, will be the soloist.

Four of the pieces being performed are new works; two were written by MSU composition faculty members David Biedenbender (Cyclotron) and Zhou Tian (Petals of Fire) and are Michigan premieres. Both composers are new to the MSU faculty this year.

The third piece being premiered is a trumpet concerto (Antique Violences: Concerto for Trumpet) by popular band music composer John Mackey with MSU Trumpet Professor Justin Emerich as soloist. A recent work by Steven Bryant (Nothing Gold Can Stay), was commissioned by Sedatole’s former students celebrating his 10-year anniversary at MSU.

Program Includes:

  • David Biedenbender- Cyclotron
  • Karel Husa- Aria from Music for Prague, 1968
  • Steven Bryant- Nothing Gold Can Stay
  • John Mackey- Antique Violences: Concerto for Trumpet
  • Zhou Tian- Petals of Fire

Tickets and concert information.

The ensemble recently traveled to the prestigious College Band Director’s National Association Conference in Kansas City, Mo. offering the same concert on March 16 in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The CBDNA is an organization for band directors at the collegiate level that is devoted to teaching, performance, study and cultivating music.

The March 23 concert is generously sponsored by Merritt and Candy Lutz. 

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