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Wind Ensemble charity concert opens with international flavor
Charity Concert The Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Coming off a very impressive season with a finale performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble will feature music of composers from abroad with guest artists who will offer an equal international experience.

The opening Wind Ensemble concert is set for Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Tickets are free, however, a donation of any amount is requested. In partnership with the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign’s Pass the Hat, funds raised at this concert will benefit the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Opening the concert is the finale to Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Following the opening number, guest artist Nobue Matsuoka (American University, Washington D.C.) will perform Lee Actor’s Concerto for Timpani and Band. Continuing with the international theme, Tarleton assistant professor of voice, Dr. Iwao Asakura, will sing three Neapolitan works recently transcribed for winds by conductor, Dr. Anthony Pursell. This collection, made popular by Luciano Pavarotti, will include ‘O sole mio, Torna a surriento and Funiculi, Funicula.

Following these works, the Wind Ensemble will turn its attention to one of the cornerstone works for wind band by Australian-born composer, Percy Grainger. Lincolnshire Posy consists of six movements that originate, mostly, from folk tunes from the Lincolnshire (England) area.

Concluding the concert is a trio of xylophone soloists in Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Galop. Soloists will include guest artist Nobue Matsuoka, and Tarleton music majors Haden Capps and Matthew Nelson.

Tarleton State University, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to engage societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.

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Contact: Dr. Anthony Pursell, director of bands
254-968-9242
pursell@tarleton.edu

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Charity Concert

The Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble