Kansas Wesleyan University’s String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble are planning a joint concert. According to the school, the performance will be this Thursday in Sams Chapel. It begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.
The String Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Leonardo Rosario, will perform an eclectic mix of music from noted 20th-century composers. Opening the concert will be a performance by two movements written for the motion picture “Psycho,” composed by Bernard Herrmann.
Aaron Copland’s ballet “Rodeo” will be featured next, with a performance of the hoedown from this piece set in the Wild West. Copland’s picturesque music – familiar to audiences from many television commercials and other media – will be a highlight of the concert.
The KWU Wind Ensemble, conducted by department chair Dr. James McAllister, will feature a selection of pieces that highlight both traditional and new music arrangements. John Philip Sousa’s march “King Cotton” will begin the program, followed by a transcription of the overture to Mozart’s comic opera “The Impresario.”
A beautifully lyric piece entitled “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre will be followed by a selection of songs from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” Closing the concert will be the terrific “First Suite in E-flat” by British composer Gustav Holst.