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January 31, 2011

Houston Symphonic Band to perform free concert

Spring kickoff concert pairs symphonic bands from Blinn and Houston

The Blinn College Symphonic Band will once again join with the Houston Symphonic Band while presenting the first concert of the spring semester Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center on the Brenham campus. Admission is free to all.

The Blinn band, led by conductor Harry D. Blake, will feature Howard Middleton, sophomore music major from Houston, on the French horn in Blake’s transcription of “Hunter’s Moon” for French horn and Orchestra by Gilbert Vinter. Other musical selections will be the exciting “Ride” by Samuel Hazo, “Dusk” by Stephen Bryant, and two Percy Grainger pieces which including “Downlongford Way and Mock Morris” and “Three Ring Circus” by Texas composer Ken C. Wood.

The Blinn College Symphonic Band clarinet section will perform Russell Ward’s “Clarinet Escapade,” conducted by Dr. Sarah Burke, Blinn’s assistant director of bands. Other special highlights by the Blinn Symphonic Band will be Carl Zeller’s wonderful music from the opera “Der Volgelhandler” and “Hoedown” from the “Symphonic Dances” for Wind Orchestra by composer Yosuke Fukuda.

The second half of the program will feature the Houston Symphonic Band under the direction of Fred Angerstein. They’ve entitled their portion of the program “Humor Through Music” and will open their segment with “Clowns! Clown! Clowns” by David Bobrowitz. Great fun awaits listeners with the Houston band’s performance of “Cartoon” by British Composer Paul Hart and Arthur Pryor’s “The Whistler and His Dog,” one of John Philip Sousa’s favorite pieces. Closing the outstanding evening of music will be the performance of P.D.Q. Bach’s “Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion.”