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Wind ensemble concert to feature elementary artwork, pay tribute to JFK

Tarleton State University

Monday, November 11, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble is gearing up for its annual multimedia concert. The concert, “Exploration and Tributes,” will feature artwork by students from Stephenville’s Chamberlin Elementary.

It will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Tickets are $5 or free with a valid Tarleton ID. A pre-concert reception will be held in the lobby, sponsored by Tau Beta Sigma.

The first half of the concert will explore the world with music from Africa, Korea and Armenia. Students from Chamberlin are partnering with the Tarleton Wind Ensemble by preparing artwork that is reflected through the music.

“I got the idea from my daughter when she gave me one of her many drawings. As I looked at the picture she drew for me I could see images, but had to ask her to clarify what the picture actually was,” said Dr. Anthony Pursell, director of bands. “She said, ‘it’s daddy conducting his band.’ From that moment on, the idea of having elementary students’ artwork as a feature for the multimedia concert became an aspiration.”

During the second half of the concert, the Wind Ensemble will continue the multimedia concert with a tribute to President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death. Leading off is Leonard Bernstein’s Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy.

“We involved the entire campus community in this effort by asking faculty and staff to give us a glimpse of their experience from that day in 1963,” Pursell said. “For my generation, 1963 [was equivalent] to 9/11,” he added.

The annual concert is typically one of the most popular shows the Wind Ensemble performs. “The concept of the multimedia concert is actually counterintuitive,” Pursell said. “Movies from Hollywood are typically created with the movie as the focus and the music is supportive of the video. In the case of the multimedia concert, the music is the focus with the images, video, etc. … as ancillary.”


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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