Feb. 11, 2008
The Morningside College Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform in concert on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue.
The public is invited to the free concert, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
The symphonic wind ensemble is conducted by Clifford Towner, assistant professor of music and director of bands at Morningside.
Ashley Catchpole, a junior from Clymer, Pa., will provide a trumpet solo during “Saturday Serenade,” the opening bluesy movement to the Philip Sparke composition “Manhattan.”
The percussion section will be featured during a performance of “Sabre Dance,” a popular composition that has been used in commercials, movies, and television programs, taken from the Aram Khachaturian ballet “Gayane.” The members of the percussion section are: Rachel Bellairs, a senior from Clarinda, Iowa; Kasey Farrell, a junior from Sioux City; Marleta Smith, a senior from Lake City, Iowa; and Anna Stanek, a freshman from Sioux City.
The concert program will also feature music by composers Francois Gossec, Johan de Meij, Bruce Yurko, Morten Lauridesen, Daniel Kallman, and Karl L. King.
Towner has been at Morningside since 2004. He was previously a graduate teaching assistant of music at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and the music director at Archbishop McNicholas High School and Lynchburg-Clay Local Schools in Ohio. Towner graduated from the University of Cincinnati and holds a master’s degree in music from Wright State.