Appalachian Wind Ensemble
Compositions written as tributes to individuals or organizations will be featured during the Appalachian State University Wind Ensemble performance.
The theme for the performance is "Tributes." The program includes "An American Elegy" by Frank Ticheli, "Flag of Stars" by Gordon Jacob, "Lincolnshire Posy" by Percy Aldridge Grainger and "Heroes, Lost and Fallen (A Vietnam Memorial)" by David Gillingham.
Conductor John Stanley Ross explained that, "With the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., 'An American Elegy,' written as a tribute to those who so tragically lost their lives at Columbine High School, serves as a reminder of how fragile and special each life is. In 'Lincolnshire Posy,' each movement is a tribute to the folk singer who originally sang each song – usually in taverns. 'Flag of Stars' is a tribute to America, as parts of our National Anthem is heard throughout the work. 'Heroes Lost and Fallen' is a tribute to both the soldiers of the American forces and the Vietnamese forces, as parts of each national anthem are heard throughout the work."
Also on the program is "Partita, Op. 69" by Franz Krommer, performed by the Appalachian Wind Ensemble Chamber Winds, and the world premiere of "March of the Cuspidors" written by Keith Otis Edwards, a prolific composer and arranger who writes for concert band, full orchestra and hybrid ensembles.
Edwards' early inspiration for his compositions came from attending outdoor performances with their varied and inspirational programming that often included stirring performances of John Phillips Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever." Edwards believes that concerts should have an exhilarating effect on their audiences and "need genuine band music of the rousing tradition."
In "March of the Cuspidors," Edwards uses woodwind flourishes and bold brass writing to deliver an exciting new concert march.
Laurence L. Marks is guest conductor for "Flag of Stars." Following a 38-year career as a conductor and educator, Marks recently retired from teaching at UNC Charlotte where he was a member of the music faculty and director of bands. He was also conductor and artistic director of the highly regarded Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble, a select organization of high school musicians from North and South Carolina.