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April 2007

Release Date: April 11, 2007

ASU Bands Set ‘Firm Foundations’ with Spring Concert

The Angelo State University bands will present a selection of favorite songs and marches at their spring concert “Firm Foundations” Tuesday, April 17, in the University Auditorium.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 17 and is open free to the public. The University Auditorium is located in the ASU Administration Building, 2601 W. Ave N.

The concert takes its name from the highlight of the evening, the world premiere of “Variations and Fugue on ‘How Firm a Foundation’” by Dr. Stephen Emmons, ASU assistant professor of music, written to honor the legacy of long-time ASU music professor Eldon Black. The piece is written for a marimba soloist and band, with the solo part to be performed by Daniel Smithiger, ASU percussion instructor and assistant director of bands.

In addition to the premiere, the ASU Wind Ensemble will perform band favorites “Ride” by Samuel Hazo, Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and “Americans We” by Henry Fillmore, considered one of the greatest marches of all time.

The ASU Symphonic Band will perform “Fanfare and Flourishes” by Jim Curnow, “Shenandoah” by Frank Ticheli, Robert Smith’s “The Ascension” and “Black Horse Troop” by John Philip Sousa.

The ASU band program includes more than 100 of the finest student instrumentalists on campus, representing almost every major field of study. The Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. David Scott, director of bands, and the Symphonic Band is led by Smithiger.

For more information, call the ASU Department of Art and Music at 942-2085.

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