LU Wind Ensemble to present concert
Lamar University’s acclaimed Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the academic year at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Nederland High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
Under the baton of Scott Deppe, director of bands at Lamar, the Wind Ensemble is composed of 56 students from several different colleges and majors throughout the university.
The performance will feature classic wind music, new music and a world premiere composition. “I always try to do a variety of selections at our concerts; some contemporary, new pieces; as well as music from the master composers,” said Deppe. “This concert will present literature that most people aren’t very familiar with, so it’s an exciting opportunity for our audience to hear new music.”
Selections include Nancy Galbraith’s “Febris Ver,” John Mackey’s “Sheltering Sky, and Hector Berlioz’s “Hungarian March,” featuring guest conductor Russ Schultz, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
The Wind Ensemble will present the premiere performance of Adam Haskett’s “Adagio.” Haskett, a music education major from Beaumont, is now in his junior year at LU’s Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.
The concert concludes with “Australian Up-Country Tune” and “The Cutting of the Hay,” both lesser-known works from prominent 20th-century composer Percy Grainger.
The Wind Ensemble was recently honored with an invitation to perform before the Texas Music Educators Association’s 2015 Clinic and Convention in February. Only four university bands were invited.