USA Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble Concert September 29 at Laidlaw!

Posted on September 24, 2015 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

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The University of South Alabama Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band will jointly present their first concert of the year on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.  The event will take place in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, conducted by William H. Petersen and Michael Phillips.  Arrive early for what appears to be a great concert by USA's bands!

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.

About the concert

The USA Symphony Band, under the direction of Dr. Michael Phillips, will perform works including "Alleluia,! Laudamus Te" by Alfred Reed,  "Pageant" by Vincent Persichetti, "On A Hymnsong Of Philip Bliss" by David Holsinger , and the "Satiric Dances" of Norman Dello Joio.

Following a brief intermission, the USA Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. William H. Petersen, will begin with "Pas Redoublé" by Camille Saint Saëns and "Divertimento for Band" by Vincent Persichetti, The Divertimento was originally conceived for orchestra, but Persichetti found he had completed the work without an entrance for strings.  This performance of Divertimento for Band honors the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The Wind Ensemble will conclude the concert with "Be Thou My Vision" by contemporary composer David Gillingham, and a suite of music from Gilbert & Sullivan's comic ballet "The Pineapple Poll."

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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