Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra Present Music Old and New

The Gettysburg College Wind Symphony will premier "This Is Most Certainly True" Saturday evening Photo courtesy of Gettsyburg College

The Gettysburg College Wind Symphony premiered “this is most certainly true” Saturday evening
Photo courtesy of Gettsyburg College

By Alex Pearson, Staff Writer

The Wind Symphony and Orchestra held a concert September 30 featuring both new and old music. The concert started off with “My Heart’s in the Highlands,” a piece that surrounded the audience with musicians and vocalists. The piece had beautiful harmonies and left behind a lingering melancholic yearning.

It was followed by “Serenade for Flute, Harp, and Strings, Op. 35.” Rose Martus, who won the Sunderman Conservatory’s 2017 Concerto Competition, told a compelling story on flute and all of the performers played with dynamics and passion. “The Overture from William Tell” was brought to life by the performers and Professor Kaziboni. It began with rich, lingering notes and then it was off to the races. The piece had a baseball game type quality and fervor to it.

The piece received a standing ovation followed by an encore, much to the audience’s delight. After intermission, the Wind Symphony performed “On This Bright Morning” to celebrate the life of David Maslanka, who died unexpectedly earlier this year and was an influential voice in wind band composition. It had a very powerful and unearthly quality to it.

This was followed by “This is Most Certainly True” in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Wind Symphony and Dr. McCutcheon swept the audience away with the strength, energy and ethereal quality of the piece. The concert was ended in great celebration with Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks.” This composition featured powerful dynamics and great enthusiasm, trying to bring the vision of fireworks to the audience’s mind.

The next concert for the Wind Symphony is November 17, and the next concert for the Symphony Orchestra is  December 1.

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Author: Alex Pearson

Alex Pearson '21 intends to double major with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in English focusing on Creative Writing. She intends to join choir as well as get involved in community service and Spanish-related activities. Follow her on Twitter @alexpearsonstar and on Instagram @smilealexpearson.

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