USA Wind Ensemble Concert November 13 at Laidlaw!

Posted on November 6, 2014 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

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USA Wind Ensemble in concert

Please join the University of South Alabama Wind Ensemble, under the baton of Director of Bands, Dr. Will Petersen, in their second concert of the 2014-2015 season. The performance will take place in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. The event is titled "Songs and Dances," and will feature the music of Eric Whitacre, John Barnes Chance, Phillip Sparke, and Percy Grainger.

The Wind Ensemble will begin the concert with "Noisy Wheels of Joy," a frolicking work by Whitacre written in 1999 for the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop.  The concert continues with the final composition of John Barnes Chance, the haunting "Elegy," composed shortly before his death in 1972. To close the first half of the concert, the USA Wind Ensemble will present Percy Grainger's monumental "Lincolnshire Posy." Composed in 1937 for the American Bandmasters Association, the work is widely considered one the most influential compositions for the wind band.  The concert concludes after a short intermission with Philip Sparke's virtuosic 1997 composition, "Dance Movements."

Tickets for this Musical Arts Series event will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.

Need directions to Laidlaw? Just go to Google Maps at and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center." We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event! Call (251) 460-7116 or email Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert! (Pass Holders only please! Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.

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