The DSC Symphony Band is under the direction of longtime conductor Gary Caldwell, who is entering his 34th-year as director of bands at DSC. The symphony band will perform six stirring compositions, beginning the Thomas Doss composition entitled “Black River Overture,” and “Sea Songs,” a piece composed in 1924 for the British military band by Ralph Vaughan-Williams.
The band will also perform “Kilimanjaro, An African Portrait,” a musical portrayal of the East African area in Kenya and Tanzania written by composer Robert Washburn, and “Fantasia on ‘Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,’” a folk-song inspired composition by Mark Camphouse.
In addition, the ensemble will perform “The Heart of Madness” by Mark Lortz, which is a thrilling musical painting of three of Edgar Allan Poe’s literary works, including The Bells, The Raven, and The Telltale Heart. The symphony band will conclude the evening with “Ghost Train,” an Eric Whitacre composition that tells the story that is deeply rooted in American folklore of the legendary Ghost Train, a supernatural machine that roars out of the night through forgotten towns and empty canyons.
The DSC Symphony Band will perform twice this semester, including the ensemble’s annual Christmas concert Nov. 30. The Symphony Band will also perform a pair of concerts during the 2013 spring semester on Feb. 22, and April 19.
All remaining concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. 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 the fifth-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance performances) for just $99, a 40% savings over regular single-event ticket prices, giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, and instrumental and vocal concerts for the 2012-13 season.
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 or Avenna Center box offices or online at www.dixiestatetickets.com.