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April 28, 2016

K-State Band presents May 1 Pops Concert

Submitted by Don Linn

The K-State Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will present a Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in McCain Auditorium. This concert will feature fun music, international music, music from movies and multimedia presentations. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Wind Symphony is under the direction of Don Linn and will feature guest conductor Phillip Payne. Musical selections will include "Harry's Wondrous World" from "Harry Potter," Frank Ticheli's powerful "Vesuvius," Eric Whitacre's hilariously off-beat "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas" and "Bernstein's Slava!"

The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Frank Tracz and the ensemble represents the top concert band at K-State. The Wind Ensemble takes a tour around the world and starts off in Russia with Dmitri Shostakovich's famous "Festive Overture." A chamber wind group from the Wind Ensemble will then give a world premier of Adam Lechner's "Beneath the Waves." Next, the band takes listeners on a musical journey to Buenos Aires in Terig Tucci's delightful pasodoble, "La Bamba Vera Cruz." The band will finish in Ireland with Johan de Meij's "At Kitty O'Shea's."

Both bands will combine at the end of the concert to perform a musical suite from the original Star Wars Trilogy with music by John Williams. Listeners will hear the "Imperial March," "Leia's Theme," "The Battle in the Forest," and "Yoda's Theme," all in addition to the main theme music from the original trilogy. 

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