“Going Global: Around the World in 90 Minutes” is a performance that ETSU’s Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will be putting on Tuesday, March 1, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center Auditorium.
Admission will be free, though, donations are always accepted.
This performance will include the concert band performing five different selections and the wind ensemble performing four selections. These selections include Darius Milhaud’s Suite Francaise, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, British Eighth March by Zo Elliot, Windows of the World by Peter Graham, Australian Up-Country and Irish Tune by Percy Grainger and more.
Christian M. Zembower, the bands director at ETSU, said, “Conductors are tending to come up with themed ideas for concert programming lately, whether it is high school level, collegiate level or professional ensembles. And this is a creative way of sitting down and coming up with pieces that can be combined or grouped in a category according to a theme. Because of all the varying cultures around the world, music is a connection with each other no matter what the language. Music is a universal language. My associate director of bands, Dr. Joe Moore, and I just began writing down pieces related to a certain country or part of the world.”
This approach is a great way to connect and spread diversity around campus, which was ultimately the goal of the school and the ETSU band directors. Zembower also mentioned that while music majors, music minors and even non-music majors are in the performance, this concert is a way for students to show how much they have grown over their time playing at ETSU and what they have learned. They can consider this performance a “test” or “exam.”
In total, around 80 musicians are expected to be performing for the public at this event.
When asked what he hoped to achieve from this performance, Christian Zembower said, “The final conclusion or goal of an ensemble performing a concert is for a high level of musicality, emotion and to allow an audience who is listening to be transported to a different place than where they are currently.”