Taylor Wind Ensemble Presents Music of the Spheres

By Braden Ochs Published: Oct 26, 2017

The Taylor University Wind Ensemble will present Music of the Spheres on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at 7:30 pm in Rediger Chapel Auditorium located in the LaRita Boren Campus Center. The one-hour concert is free, and the community is invited to attend.

Music of the Spheres is a concert with literature representative of traditional, classic and contemporary wind band works. Music selections to be presented are Hands Across the Sea – a march by John Philip Sousa; A Festival Prelude by Alfred Reed; Canticle of the Creatures by James Curnow; Music of the Spheres by Gary Gilroy; In a Persian Market by Albert Ketelbey; Sine Nomine by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and Thunder and Lightning Polka by Johann Strauss. The signature work on the program, Music of the Spheres, is a setting of the familiar hymn This is my Father’s World and is a celebration of the beauty of God’s creation. The poetry of Saint Francis of Assisi provides the backdrop for Canticle of the Creatures, a symphonic suite that captures the essence of the sun, moon, stars, fire, and earth. In a Persian Market is a musical portrayal of a typical scene in a Persian market with camel drivers, beggars, jugglers, a snake charmer, and a beautiful princess. A Festival Prelude and Sine Nomine (For All the Saints) are selections utilized in the Taylor University Presidential Installation Ceremony this fall.

The 45-member Taylor University Wind Ensemble is noted for excellence in performance of band music, and last semester this ensemble had the privilege of performing at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana.