The Roanoke College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha, will be performing a joint concert with the Blacksburg Community Band on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Olin Hall Theater. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
The bands will perform both transcriptions and original compositions from wind band literature, featuring musical styles from both sides of the Atlantic. Among the works on the evenings program will be movements from Arthur Sullivan’s Pineapple Poll, performed by the Blacksburg ensemble under the direction of conductor Ed Schwartz. Roanoke’s Wind Ensemble will commemorate the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by playing the first movement of his Symphony No. 40 in G minor. The bands will then join forces to perform Julius Fucik’s Italian march, The Florentiner, and Ralph Vaughn William’s popular Folk Song Suite. The highlight of the concert will be the combined-band performance of Rio Chama, an original piece composed by WVTF-FM radio personality, Steve Brown.
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 270 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 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.