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Wind Orchestra Performs Music of Time

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013

USUs Director of Bands Tom Rohrer conducting

USUs Director of Bands Tom Rohrer conducts the USU Wind Orchestra. The ensemble is featured in concert with guest artist Byron Stripling April 26, 7:30 p.m., Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center. The concert is free.

USU guest artist Byron Stripling performing

Byron Stripling has been a guest artist at USU working with students both in the classroom and on the concert stage. He is featured in the Friday night concert with the USU Wind Orchestra.

Utah State University’s Department of Music presents “Time Travels” with guest artist Byron Stripling Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall, located in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus. The concert also features the student musicians in the USU Wind Orchestra.

“Along with the contribution of Byron Stripling, the ensemble’s performance will bring the deep artistry and toe-tapping entertainment for which the Wind Orchestra is known,” said Thomas Rohrer, director of bands and associate professor in the Caine College of the Arts.

The concert features Stripling, a trumpeter, and guest artist who has spend a week at USU teaching master classes and performing with the students, including an earlier concert with the USU Big Bands. Stripling is the artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in Ohio, leads a quartet and performs with artists around the world. He also played Louis Armstrong in the musical Satchmo: America’s Musical Legend. Stripling began playing the trumpet at the age of 10 and also sang for his father, a classical singer and choir director.

The Wind Orchestra will perform works composed in the past 50 years, including Blue Lake Overture by John Chance, Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed and Symphony No. 3 by Vittorio Giannini.

“Giannini’s work is recognized as one of the four most significant works for band,” said Rohrer.

Other pieces to be performed are Sea Blue Circuitry by Mason Bates and Time Travels by Robert Thurston. These two were written in the last two years, with Bates’ piece premiering in 2011 and Thurston’s piece was composed for the United States Air Force Band.

“‘Time Travels’ is a free-form caprice juxtaposing catchy melodies, triadic harmonies, maximum contrast and virtuosic technique for all instruments,” said Rohrer.

The Wind Orchestra performance April 26 is free and open to the public. For more information on the performance see the Caine College’s Production Services website.

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Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

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