NPR’s Carl Kasell to narrate Wind Symphony concert at the Majestic Theater

A guest performance by National Public Radio's Carl Kasell will highlight March 2's concert by the Wind Symphony of Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory of Music.

The 8 p.m. concert will feature Kassel in the premiere of a newly commissioned work, "There Was a Composer of Genius" by Daniel Kallman, that offers whimsical takes on iconic American composers Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives, Duke Ellington, and John Philip Sousa. A limerick read by Kassel will introduce each of the four movements. The Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony was a member of the commissioning consortium that created this piece, made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Other works will include “Asphalt Cocktail” by John Mackey, “Second Suite in F for Military Band” by Gustav Holst, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen, and “Rolling Thunder” by Henry Fillmore.

The Wind Symphony is led by Prof. Russell McCutcheon, the Conservatory’s director of bands and music education at Gettysburg College.

Tickets are $5, but there will be no charge for Gettysburg College students and employees with college identification. Information is available at www.gettysburgmajestic.org or 717-337-8200.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Tracey Dukert, assistant director of news content, 717.337.6521

Posted: Wed, 15 Feb 2012

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