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November 14, 2012

Purdue Wind Ensemble to focus on contemporary, upbeat works during Sunday concert

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Dynamic fanfares, traditional marches and light-hearted pieces that can be described as everything from mischievous to dance-like, fill the late fall program of the Purdue Wind Ensemble and Fall Concert Band on Sunday (Nov. 18).

The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Long Center, 111 N. Sixth St., Lafayette. Admission is free. Doors open at 2 p.m.

Purdue directors Jay Gephart and Ishbah Cox keeps the emphasis on contemporary and time-tested works that are resilient and upbeat.

 "Cajun Folk Songs," a "Symphonic Suite from Star Trek,"  "J.S. Jig," a dance-like interpretation of two J.S. Bach pieces, and "Molly on the Shore," based on Irish reels, are among the works for the program.

Purdue's Fall Concert Band kicks off the program with Frank Ticheli's "Cajun Folk Songs."  Two different tunes within the work - "La Belle et le Capitaine" and "Belle" – are based on folk songs of southern Louisiana that are "powerful representations of Southern society," Cox says.

The Purdue Wind Ensemble opens its section of the concert with Philip Rothman's "Monument Fanfare and Tribute."  The U.S. Military Academy Band premiered it in 2000 at Ulysses Grant's Tomb.

The concert is sponsored by Purdue Bands & Orchestras, which offers a full season of free jazz, concert band and orchestra concerts. For more information  http://www.purdue.edu/bands

Contact:  Kathy Matter, 765-495-6785, kcmatter@purdue.edu