The Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, conducted by Thomas Verrier, and Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir, directed by Tucker Biddlecombe, will present American Icons in Ingram Hall, Friday, February 9, 8:00 p.m. The program features masterworks by four lauded American composers for winds.
The performance will open with Howard Hanson’s moving Song of Democracy, based on text by Walt Whitman, followed by the celebration of an acclaimed work by William Schuman, George Washington Bridge.
The ensemble will then pay tribute to composer Joseph Schwantner, who Verrier notes “has changed the landscape of contemporary composition with his color and texture. There is not better representation of his work than the next piece on the program, and the mountains rising nowhere.”
The program will culminate with Frank Ticheli’s rousing tour de force, Bell Shades.
This is a free event with tickets required for admission. Free parking is available at the Vanderbilt West Garage, directly across from Blair School of Music on Childrens Way.