Centenary and BPCC music groups join forces for November concerts

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary Wind Ensemble, in collaboration with the Bossier Parish Community College Band, presents its Fall 2022 concerts Sunday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Shreveport and Tuesday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Thomas Hundemer of Centenary and Joshua Waldrop of BPCC share conducting duties for the  "Fall Festivals” program. The repertoire includes Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Dan Welcher's epic Americana Zion, the Mexican Danzon No.2 by Arturo Marquez, and Mussorgsky's grimly brilliant “Coronation Scene" from his opera Boris Godunov. The concerts open with a traditional march, John Philip Sousa's Black Horse Troop, and include Frank Ticheli's moving and sentimental Loch Lomond and Vaclav Nelhybel's Chorale, based on a medieval Bohemian chant.

"Putting this concert together is a real challenge for us,” said Hundemer. “Combining both bands makes for a lot of musicians, especially percussion, so we are too large for both of our performance spaces at BPCC and Centenary and will be playing at First Baptist Shreveport and Asbury Methodist Bossier. Moving all the equipment and instruments into two spaces is the biggest hurdle for us, but it will be a really exciting pair of concerts!"

In addition to Centenary and BPCC students, the band welcomes musicians from the faculty, staff and the area community who volunteer their time in the performance of the rich wind band repertoire.


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