ST. GEORGE – The Dixie State College Symphony Band will lead off DSC’s mid-winter concert by presenting “Transcendent Journey” on Tuesday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.
The 74-piece symphony band is under the direction of longtime conductor Gary Caldwell, who is entering his 32nd-year as director of bands at DSC. The symphony band will perform eight compositions, beginning with the Rossano Galante work “Transcendent Journey,” commissioned in 2010 by the Hofstra University Symphonic Band, and “Infinite Horizon,” penned by composer Ayatev Shabazz.
The band will also perform the Erich Wolfgang Korngold piece “Sea Hawk,” along with the Brian Balmages composition “Arabian Dances,” a Middle Eastern folk music piece that includes a great variety of instruments not commonly used in Western music. In addition, the audience will be treated to a celebratory tune entitled “Klezmer Wedding,” a trio piece featuring DSC students Tashina Wortham on clarinet; Logan Butt on piano; and Heather Burton on violin, and the Otto M. Schwarz piece entitled “Kyrill, Storm of the Century,” which tells the story of Schawrz’s experiences in witnessing a hurricane-like storm that hit parts of Europe, in particular central Germany, in January of 2007.
The symphony band will conclude the evening with a pair of stirring numbers, beginning with “Roaring Forties,” a composition written by Philip Sparke to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Australian Army Band Corps. The ensemble’s finale is Frank Ticheli’s “Angels in the Architecture,” which tells of the dramatic conflict between the two extremes of human existence – one divine, the other evil.
General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID.
For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”