HPU’s Symphonic Band to present winter concert

SpringBandConcert18BROWNWOOD – February 14, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its annual late-winter concert, titled “How Suite It Is,” on Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for the concert and the public is encouraged to attend.

The concert will feature “First Suite in E-Flat,” a band masterpiece by Gustav Holst. Other selections include “October” by award-winning American composer Eric Whitacre; “Commando March” by Samuel Barber, a titan of 20th-century American music; “Arabian Dances,” a newly released piece by Brian Balmages based on Middle Eastern folk music; “American Folk Rhapsody No. 3,” one of four by Clare Grundman; and “On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason” by David R. Holsinger and based on Lowell Mason’s 1832 work “My Faith Looks Up To Thee.”

HPU’s Symphonic Band is under the direction of Corey Ash, director of bands and associate professor of music.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to present these band masterworks to our community,” said Ash. “We hope everyone will tell a friend and join us for the exhilarating concert.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s Symphonic Band will present its winter concert Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium.