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WVU Wind Symphony goes galactic Feb. 10

WVU Wind Symphony

The West Virginia University  Wind Symphony begins their spring concert season with “SPACE,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the Creative Arts Center.

The cosmic concert opens with “Jupiter” by Gustav Holt. The piece is part of the composer’s seven-movement orchestral suite, “The Planets.” From its premiere in 1918, the suite has been extremely popular and iconic.

“With the current popularity of science fiction as evidenced in television and recent films, the use of space as a unifying theme for the concert seemed relevant,” said Scott Tobias, director of bands at WVU. “While all related through a common reference to objects in space, the selections on the program are quite varied and range from an early twentieth century work to more recent compositions.”

Other pieces on the program include the fourth movement of “Galilean Moons” by Roger Cichy, “Mothership” by Mason Bates and “Star Wars Trilogy” written by John Williams and arranged by Donald Hunsberger.

Scott Tobias

“Audience members will hear the majestic sounds of Holst, followed by beautiful lyrical melodies in the Cichy and an innovative mix of acoustic instruments with computer-generated electronic sounds in the Bates,” Tobias said. “The program will close with some of the most recognizable themes in film as the Wind Symphony performs Donald Hunsberger’s magnificent arrangement of John Williams’ 'Star Wars Trilogy.'”

The WVU Wind Symphony features students from five colleges within the University, nine states and three countries.

For tickets, contact the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW or visit Ticketmaster. WVU students receive free admission with their student IDs.