Winter Festival Band Concert showcases world premiere, xylophone soloist

12/02/2019 ASHLAND, Ohio -- The Department of Music at Ashland University will present its annual Winter Festival Band Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hugo Young Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Joseph Lewis Jr., the concert will feature the Ashland University Symphonic Band and the Ashland Area Community Concert Band. The concert will offer a program of classic compositions for concert band, along with some holiday favorites.

The Ashland University Symphonic Band is composed of the outstanding wind and percussion players at the university. The ensemble's program will showcase guest percussionist Elizabeth Procopio on xylophone as she joins the Symphonic Band on Floyd Werle's The Golden Age of the Xylophone. The band will also perform the world premiere of Women of World War II by Dr. Stefan Swanson, visiting assistant professor of music. This portion of the concert also will include performances of Sousa's Semper Fidelis March and Morton Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium

After a brief intermission, the 65-member Ashland Area Community Concert Band will take the stage. Established in 1993, the ensemble is designed for both university students and members of the Ashland community to continue their musical study and creative activity.

The community band's program begins with a Spanish Pasodoble Amparito Roca and an arrangement of Holst's In the Bleak Midwinter. The program will also feature pieces with guest conductors Dave Wolbert, retired Ashland City Schools music teacher, and Sean DeLong, Ontario Local Schools band director.

The program will conclude with a sing along of many Christmas favorites.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###