University Bands Open Spring Concert Season with Three Performances at Fayetteville High School

W. Dale Warren, Benjamin Chamberlain, Jamal Duncan
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W. Dale Warren, Benjamin Chamberlain, Jamal Duncan

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and Concert Band will open their spring concert season with performances at the Fayetteville High School Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. ­­­­

The Wind Symphony will honor the sesquicentennial anniversary of Stephen Collins Foster’s passing by performing Kentucky Home by David Gillingham.  Foster composed such American standards as Camptown Races, Oh, Susanna and My Old Kentucky Home.

W. Dale Warren, senior wind conductor and professor of music, conducts the Wind Symphony. Benjamin Chamberlain, associate directors of bands, conducts the Symphonic Band and Jamal Duncan, assistant director of bands, conducts the Concert Band. Selected pieces will be conducted by graduate conductors Staci Hatmaker, Case Jones and Austin Jay.

The concerts are presented by the department of music in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences as part of the Joy Pratt Markham Series. The public is invited and admission is free.

The program is as follows:

Wind Symphony, Warren, conductor

  • Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst
  • A Basque Lullaby by Dan Forrest, Staci Hatmaker, conductor
  • Kentucky Home by David Gillingham
  • Symphony No. 5 by Ralph Vaughn Williams
Symphonic Band, Chamberlain, conductor
  • Unraveling by Andrew Boysen, Chase Jones, conductor
  • Eviler Elves by James Kazik
  • Acrostic Song from Final Alice by David Del Tredici, arr. Mark Spede
  • Ghost Train by Erick Whitacre
  • Galop by Dmitri Shostakovich, trans. Donald Hunsberger
Concert Band, Duncan, conductor
  • Hill Country Flourishes by Steve Barton
  • Ammerland by Jacob de Haan, Austin Jay conductor
  • Suite Provençale by Jan Van der Roost
  • Charm by Kevin Puts 

Robert Hopper, associate director of operations
University of Arkansas Bands

Darinda Sharp, director of communications
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences


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