ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 6, 2004) -- The Ohio University Wind Ensemble, John A. Climer, conductor, will perform in concert Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. As Ohio University's premier concert band, the wind ensemble is comprised of the University's finest woodwind and brass performers. The Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform at the prestigious College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference in Cincinnati on Feb. 20. The Feb. 13 concert will be a special preview of that performance.
Special guest artists include Dr. Jere Hutcheson, professor of theory and composition at Michigan State University, and Emily Barrett, soprano and graduate teaching associate at the Ohio University School of Music.
The Wind Ensemble will perform Hutcheson's "Caricature Suite." The subjects of these brief pieces are creative artists: writers, composers, graphic artists and theater people. About "Caricature Suite" Hutcheson states: "In none of my musical sketches do I attempt to capture the subject's outward persona. It is the artist's inner spirit as expressed in his or her own creative work that fires my imagination."
Emily Barrett will sing a set of folksongs by composer Bernard Gilmore. These delightful folksongs were inspired by the folk recordings of Theodore Bikel and groups such as "The Limelighters." The Wind Ensemble will close the concert with a thrilling Percy Grainger march.
John A. Climer, Ohio University professor and director of bands, states: "The entire School of Music takes great pride in the accomplishments of our student musicians and we encourage your support of these talented young artists! Please join us for a memorable concert."
The concert is free and the public is invited. Additionally, Hutcheson will hold a series of lectures, talks and workshops with Ohio University students and the Athens community on Feb. 12 and 13. For more information contact Barb Palmer at (740) 597-1808.
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