The Mississippi State University Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. today in the McComas Hall theater.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The program will open with Carl Teikeâ€™s â€śOld Comrades,â€ť arguably thought to be the most popular march ever written by a European composer.
The music of Richard Strauss will be featured in the popular and beautiful â€śAllerseelenâ€ť from his â€śFour Last Songs.â€ť
The program will include Ron Nelsonâ€™s â€śSonoran Desert Holiday,â€ť von Suppeâ€™s â€śPique Dame Overtureâ€ť and contemporary composer Eric Whitacreâ€™s â€śNoisy Wheels of Joy.â€ť Â
The student Saxophone Quartet will perform George Gershwinâ€™s â€śAn American in Parisâ€ť and the Wind Ensemble will close the program with a circus gallop,â€ť Theyâ€™re Off,â€ť written for the circus bands of the early 1900s.
The Wind Ensemble is the premiere instrumental ensemble at Mississippi State University.
Membership is extended to the most advanced musicians through competitive audition, regardless of university major.
In addition to two to three campus performances each semester, the Wind Ensemble conducts a regional performance tour annually during the spring semester.
The band has been the featured university band at the Mississippi Bandmasterâ€™s Convention three times in the past 10 years and has performed for the Mississippi All-State Concert Band.
In 2008, the Wind Ensemble conducted a performance of the British Isles, culminating with a concert at the Royal Armed Forces School of Music in Twickenham, England. Â
The Wind Ensemble is conducted by Director of Bands Elva Kaye Lance. Â