The Murray State University music department’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform on Thursday, April 23, in honor of the provost office. This will be the eighth year that the ensemble has dedicated their final concert to the provost.
Dennis Johnson, wind ensemble conductor and MSU director of bands, said this is a way to show appreciation to the provost, Dr. Gary Brockway.
“He has always been supportive of the wind ensemble and its endeavors,” Johnson said. “Calling it the Provost Concert is just one way to show our appreciation to him and the university community for all of their support.”
This year the concert is going to be a little different, Johnson noted. The ensemble is performing at the Kennedy Center on April 25, so Johnson will be conducting the group like a rehearsal for its show in Washington D.C.
“We may stop a piece and even try to involve the audience,” Johnson said. “It will be a very relaxed atmosphere, not like a usual … concert.”
This show will provide a variety of music so that everyone will have something to enjoy. One of the pieces was written by a student member of the ensemble; another was composed by an Australian and will be conducted by Australian Steve Williams. The concert will also feature old gospel tunes and pieces from the well-known musical, West Side Story.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble Provost Concert begins at 8 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. The community is invited to attend at no charge.