The Southeastern Symphonic Winds – Southeastern Oklahoma State University's premier instrumental ensemble – begins its 2013-14 concert season with a program of classic and new wind band repertoire entitled "Joy Transfigured" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Durant High School Auditorium.
The program includes works by Michael Markowski, Samuel Barber, Johann Sebastian Bach, Steven Bryant, Gustav Holst, and Paul Hindemith.
"The theme of the program is the metamorphosis of musical ideas from one composer to another, and many of these pieces involve a composer using another musician's idea in a new way," said Southeastern director of bands, Dr. Jacob Wallace. "On this concert, Hindemith borrows from Carl Maria von Weber, Barber uses Bach's music, and Markowski takes a melody from a Gary Wilson song." Wallace also noted major composers on the program.
"We're focusing a lot on Bach this semester, and there are two pieces by Bach on this program that sound very different from each other,'' he said. "We also have a great opportunity to perform Gustav Holst's First Suite in E flat, which is one of the most important pieces ever written for band. All of the music is exuberant and joyful in some way, especially the works by younger composers Michael Markowski and Steven Bryant, each of which has a lot of influence from popular music of the late 20th century."
The program is being presented at Durant High School as a collaboration with the music programs of the Durant Schools.
"We're very thankful to the faculty and staff of Durant, especially Mr. Chris Gregg, for helping to make this performance in this beautiful hall possible," Wallace said.
The program will open with a joint performance by the drumlines of the Pride of Durant and the Spirit of Southeastern Marching Band.
The Southeastern Symphonic Winds is a performing ensemble consisting of Southeastern students and is open to qualified students in all disciplines pending competitive audition. Admission is free of charge and open to the public.
To ask questions, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745 2088 or Dr. Wallace at (580) 745-2084.