Longwood Wind Symphony Concert Set For March 8

Published 4:35 pm Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Longwood Wind Symphony will present their first concert of the spring semester on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Jarman Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Dr. Gordon Ring conducts the 50-member ensemble, which is comprised of students from all schools at the university.

Featured soloist for the evening will be Dr. Lisa Kinzer of the Longwood music faculty. She will perform the piano solo on George Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue.” This work, which combines classical and jazz styles, has been a favorite of audiences, soloists and ensembles since its premiere in 1924 by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra with Gershwin himself as piano soloist.

The concert will open with a transcription by conductor Gordon Ring of “Allegro Giocoso,” the third movement from Johannes Brahms' “Symphony No. 4.” Other works on the program include the “First Suite in E-flat” by Gustav Holst, a work which has become a standard in the band literature, and a new, award-winning composition by Steven Bryant, “Suite Dreams,” which is based on melodic themes and motives from the Holst work.

Admission to the concert is free and the public is invited.