Longwood Wind Symphony concert is Thursday

Published 4:27 pm Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Longwood Wind Symphony will feature a guest composer and a piano soloist in its free concert on Thursday 7:30 p.m. in Jarman Auditorium.

The guest composer is Dr. Kevin Walczyk, professor of music at Western Oregon University, whose honors include winning the 2012 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize and the National Band Association’s 2011 William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest.

Kristen Topham, who teaches piano as an adjunct instructor in Longwood’s music department, will play Claude DeBussy’s “Clair de Lune.”

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Her performance will serve as a prelude to the Wind Symphony’s performance of “Refracted Moonlight” by Dr. Zachary Cairns, a piece based on motives and melodies from the DeBussy piano piece. Topham has a master’s degree in piano performance from Westminster Choir College.

The 55-member Wind Symphony will reprise its performance of “Divertimento” by composer/conductor Dr. Gordon Ring, which the ensemble premiered in 1994. The ensemble also will play Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” and Henry Fillmore’s march “The Klaxon.”