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Utah State University Bands Combine in Winter Concert

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

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The Utah State University Department of Music Wind Orchestra and Symphonic Band combine for a performance Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus.

“The theme of this concert is dramatic, featuring music from around the world,” said Thomas Rohrer, director of bands and associate professor in the Caine College of the Arts.

The Wind Orchestra will perform the American premiere of Sinfonia No. 1 ‘Marea Negra,’ an original work composed by Anton Alcalde. The title means “Black Tide” or “Oil Slick” and describes the Prestige oil tanker disaster in 2002 off the coast of Galicia, Spain. The ship was carrying 77,000 tons of fuel, of which 64,000 tons were discharged on the coast, reaching as far as northern Portugal and southern France.

“The environmental effects were enormous, with wildlife trapped in the oil that ravaged the coast,” said Rohrer. “The Wind Orchestra is performing an extended edition of ‘Marea Negra,’ dedicated to the friends of the AAM ‘Santa Barbara de Piles’ and its conductor David Pont.”

The Symphonic Band, conducted by professor Greg Wheeler, will perform a program of all Japanese music, including By the Train March by Masaki Kawamura, Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song by Samuel Hazo, Dancing in the Wind by Josuke Fukuda and more.

To end the concert, the bands will combine for two numbers, with 120 students playing together. The performance is free and open to the public.

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Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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