USD Symphonic Band will perform Feb. 3 The University of South Dakota Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Lawrence L. Mitchell, will present a winter concert on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. in Knutson Theatre Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Highlighting the program will be solo performances by two members of the music faculty.
Dr. Gary Reeves, professor of horn, will perform Rhapsody for Horn, Winds, and Percussion by Jan Van der Roost. Graduate student Michael Anderson, director of the middle school bands in Canton, will perform The Carioca on Eb tuba.
Other concert highlights will be the performance of the First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst and Eternal Father, Strong to Save by Claude T. Smith. The band will also perform two recent commissions for band; Fanfare for Ray by William Ballenger of Oklahoma State University and October by Eric Whitacre for Brian Anderson by the Nebraska Wind Consortium.
The Fanfare for Ray was commissioned by the University of South Dakota Bands in honor of Professor Ray T. DeVilbiss for the 50th Upper Midwest Summer Music Camp.
The public is invited to come out for the concert and hear some great soloists and quality band music as a warm-up for the Super Bowl pre-game activities. There is no admission charged for the concert.