USD Symphonic Band to give winter tour concert

The University of South Dakota Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Rolf Olson, will give its 2013 Winter Tour Concert on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium, Slagle Hall. Also conducting on the concert from the USD music department will be Dr. Gary Reeves and Dr. Jonathan Alvis.

Following the concert, the band will depart for a three day Black Hills area tour, where they will perform for the following high schools: Rapid City Central, Rapid City Stevens, Rapid City Christian, Rapid City St. Thomas More, Sturgis Brown, Spearfish, Hot Springs, Lead-Deadwood, Oelrichs, and Custer. On the way back from the Hills, the band will perform for the entire student body at Pierre, TF Riggs High School and Platte-Geddes. While in Rapid City, the band also plans to visit Mt. Rushmore.

This tour is an important recruiting tool for the music department and the entire university. Several members of the band are from the Black Hills area and the band hopes to attract even more students to USD through their performances.

The program consists of several outstanding classics for band, including Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” William Schuman’s “Chester Overture,” and Karl King’s “Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite.” Of special interest is a unique and exciting work by Eric Whitacre titled “Ghost Train,” a three-movement piece which features unique train sounds and lively, syncopated rhythms with a little jazz mixed in.

Featured performers are senior percussionist Rachel Poss, and student brass quintet members, Erik Mahon and Mike David, trumpet; Becca Lunstrum, horn; Mark Sweeney, trombone; and John Mathews, bass trombone. They will be featured on David Gillingham’s piece titled “Quintessence,” for solo percussionist and solo brass quintet with band.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rolf Olson at 677-5726 or Rolf.

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