NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Wind Ensemble’s second concert of the year also features the 3rd annual Honors Band, 40-plus high school instrumentalists from the local area and as far away as Kansas City and Tulsa.
The concert, at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 in Memorial Hall, caps a two-day honors band clinic with special guest, composer David Maslanka.
Titled “American Contemporaries,” the concert consists mostly of Maslanka compositions: “Tears,” “Letter to Martin” and “Give Us This Day.”
Also on the program are “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs” by Leonard Bernstein.
“Almost all of the music was composed by the composer-in-residence for the weekend,” said Chris David Westover, Bethel director of instrumental music and Wind Ensemble conductor. “Bernstein’s ‘Prelude, Fugue and Riffs’ accentuates the influence of jazz in Maslanka’s music.”
“This concert will be about an hour and a half,” he added, “and I think people and students alike should come out because it is a great opportunity to meet and hear works by an important contemporary composer.”
The Wind Ensemble has been working on this program for about six weeks, Westover said.
“The literature is very difficult from a technical and musical standpoint and the students have risen to the challenge quite well.”