Centenary Wind Ensemble presents fall concert celebrating nature

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary Wind ensemble presents its Fall 2021 concert, "Reflections on the Natural World," on Sunday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Shreveport (543 Ockley Drive).

All the selections refer to nature, either from the real world or mythical fantasy. On the program are Percy Grainger's wind band settings of British folksongs Lincolnshire Posy, a collection of six "wildflowers” based on early wax cylinder recordings collected and transcribed around 1919 from folksingers in the Lincolnshire region. Centenary alto saxophonist James Harris solos on Henry Mancini’s Academy Award-winning song "Moon River" from the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany's. American composer Anthony Iannaccone's "After a Gentle Rain" (1988) evokes the "glistening greens and sparkling bursts of sunlight" after a rain shower in its two movements. Gustav Holst, another early 20th century preserver of British folk song, channels the English moors in his "Moorside March.” Opening the concert is rousing music from the 1986 and many-sequeled video game "Dragon Quest" by Japanese composer Koichi Sugiyama.

Passport Points are available for Centenary students attending the concert.

The Centenary Wind Ensemble, directed by Thomas Hundemer, reconstituted in 2016, is a student, faculty and volunteer group with an open membership policy. The group performs spring and fall concerts in addition to Centenary’s annual Commencement exercises in May.


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