Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Concert to Celebrate 90 Years of Butler Bands

The Butler University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Robert Grechesky, will present the final concert of their 2008-2009 season at 3 p.m. 5 April 5 Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler campus in Indianapolis.

The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For more information, call 317:940-9246.

A special reception in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Butler Bands will be held in the Clowes Lobby following the concert.

The concert will feature a wide range of repertoire, including the Symphony in Three Movements by John Stevens. This work was commissioned by the Butler Wind Ensemble as part of a consortium of universities from around the country.

Also on the program is Blessings by Samuel Hazo. This beautiful work features guest faculty artists Andrea Gullickson, oboe; William Grubb, cello; and Nancy Davis Booth and Michael Schelle, reciters. The work includes four poems about relationships between parents and young children, and the combination of music and poetry makes for an intensely emotional experience.

The Symphonic Band will perform Malcolm Arnold’s Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo as well as Daniel Bukvich’s Symphony No. 1. The grand finale will combine both bands for a rousing rendition of the Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper, by Jaromir Weinberger.

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