Roanoke College Wind Ensemble and Blacksburg Community Band Join Forces

SALEM, Va. -The Roanoke College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha, will perform with the Blacksburg Community Band, under the direction of Mr. Ed Schwartz, for a massed band concert Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Olin Theater. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Both transcriptions and original compositions from wind band literature will feature musical styles both old and new. The program will begin with the Russian folk march, "A Slavic Farewell", by Vasilij Agapkin and continue with von Suppé's familiar and exciting "Poet and Peasant Overture." A new work titled "October," by talented rising star Eric Whitacre will be presented along with compositions by regional composers John Howell, Steve Brown and Blaha.

"Variations on a Hymn Tune: April, 1912" by Howell, associate professor of music at Virginia Tech, is a musical depiction of the last moments of the R.M.S. Titanic in the north Atlantic.

Brown's composition, "Anzio," is a concert march commemorating one of the great battles of World War II. Brown is largely known throughout area from his work as an announcer on WVTF-FM radio.

"The Kiron Processional" by Blaha celebrates the fairy tale marriage of a real life couple. The concert will include Gustav Holst's classic "First Suite" in Eb Major.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.