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Taylor Wind Ensemble to present “Golden Sounds of the American West”

  • Published: Mar 27, 2015 4:30PM

The Taylor University Wind Ensemble will present a concert and dramatic presentation titled Golden Sounds of the American West Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium. This presentation by the Taylor Department of Music includes lively music from the California Gold Rush period of 1849 through the Civil War Era of 1865. In addition, the Taylor Wind Ensemble will focus on remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War in 1865.

The public is invited; admission is free.

Selections to be performed include Gold Rush, Gold Rush Rag, American Overture for Band, American Salute, Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Council Oak – a selection based upon Native American melodies from the Seminole Tribe in Florida.

The program incorporates a portrayal of Taylor University’s namesake, Bishop William Taylor, during his years of ministry in San Francisco, California, from 1849 to 1856 and during the period through the Civil War. The young William Taylor will be portrayed by Evan Koons, a junior music performance major from Cincinnati, Ohio. Koons has been involved in many campus drama and opera productions including recent appearances as lead actor in Kiss Me Kate and Amahl and the Night Visitors

Under the direction of Dr. Albert Harrison, the 47-member wind ensemble recently presented this program for a large crowd at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis where it was deemed a “stunning success” by Eiteljorg President and CEO, Jon Vanausdall.