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Drake Wind Symphony concert to feature contemporary music

November 23, 2009
CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1843, tory.olson@drake.edu

The Drake University Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert Meunier, director of bands at Drake, will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Performing Arts Hall of the Harmon Fine Arts Center, 25th Street and Carpenter Avenue.

The program will include:
  • "Metroplex: Three Postcards From Manhattan," by Robert Sheldon, a piece that depicts the sights and sounds of Manhattan. The opening evokes the New York skyline and a Harlem jazz club and the conclusion represents a wild taxi ride.

  • "Homage," by Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost, commissioned by a Dutch brass ensemble and based on Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns's organ symphony.

  • "October," by Eric Whitacre, who composed the piece as a tribute to his favorite month.

  • "Kingfishers Catch Fire" by John Mackey, depicts a kingfisher slowly emerging from its nest in the early morning and flying out into the sunlight. 
For more information, contact the Music Department at 515-271-3975.