Centenary Wind Ensemble sets fall concert for November 12
SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary Wind Ensemble will present its Fall 2023 concert on Sunday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium at the Hurley School of Music. The concert is free and open to the public.
The program has an international flavor, opening with a traditional march, Henry Fillmore's "Rolling Thunder,” a fast and furious number featuring the trombone and low brass section, followed by "The Courtly Dances” from the opera Gloriana, composed by Benjamin Britten in 1954 to honor the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Aaron Copland's mellow "Down a Country Lane" is a brief, nostalgic change of pace from the lively music of the first two selections. The high energy returns with the "Overture to Beatrice and Benedict,” Hector Berlioz's opera based on Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers,” a challenging tour de force for the wind ensemble, and Ludwig Goransson's famous theme from The Mandalorian.
The concert concludes with Manuel De Falla's spell-binding incantation of Spanish Andalusia, the "Ritual Fire Dance" from the ballet El Amor Brujo (Love, the Sorcerer), in a brilliant arrangement by long-time Tulane University music professor John J. Morrissey.
The Centenary Wind Ensemble, directed by Thomas Hundemer, welcomes students from Centenary and Bossier Parish Community College as well as Centenary faculty, staff, and the local community who volunteer their time in the performance of the rich wind band repertoire.