April 7 2008
All works performed use the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Of all great composers, Bach remains today what he has always been - the divine creator on his throne above the clouds, beyond the reach of all others.
According to John Boyd, director of bands, there are a number of reasons for this. Bachâ€™s music exudes a supreme serenity and assurance, the product of a perfect blend of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic elements which never ceases to amaze us. Even in the smallest of his pieces there is a sense of balance, a consistency in the way the individual elements are linked together, combined with a feeling of self-sufficiency and inner tranquility characteristic of Bach\'s own attitude to life, giving his music a supra-personal quality.
Boyd will conduct Bachâ€™s â€œFugue a la Gigueâ€ and David Maslankaâ€™s â€œGive Us This Day.â€
Graduate student Kevin Swift will conduct Jack Stampâ€™s â€œVariations on a Bach Choraleâ€ while graduate student Eric Drew will conduct Percy Graingerâ€™s â€œBlithe Bells.â€
The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the concert provided by the ISU chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity. For more information, contact the music department at 812-237-2772.
Contact: John Boyd, director of ISU Bands, (812) 237-2752, firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing (812) 237-3783, email@example.com
The Indiana State University Wind Orchestra will present "Back to Bach" at 7:30 p.m. April 15 in Tilson Auditorium.