The ETSU Wind Ensemble will be presenting “The Road Not Taken” on Thursday, March 24. The concert will not only feature the ETSU Wind Ensemble, but the East Tennessee Belles Women’s Choir and the BucsWorth Men’s Choir will be performing as well. ETSU voice instructor Karen Smith will also be performing as a soloist.
“The Road Not Taken” will feature two separate sections. The first will be four brief folk songs written by the legendary Australian-American composer Percy Granger. The arrangement will be performed by the ETSU Chamber Winds, conducted by Director of Bands Christian Zembower and accompanied by Smith. The Chamber Winds are a smaller version of the ETSU Wind Ensemble, which Zembower says is “the top concert band in the Bands Program.”
The second part will be of a performance of “Frostiana,” a tribute to the work of the great American poet Robert Frost, by the BucsWorth and East Tennessee Belles choirs with the ETSU Chamber Winds. The BucsWorth choir will be conducted by Matthew Potterton, director of choral activities, with the East Tennessee Belles being led by Alan Stevens, associate director of choral activities.
“Frostiana” was originally written by Randall Thompson in 1959 for the bicentennial celebration of the town of Amherst, Massachusetts. With Amherst being known as the one-time residence of Frost, a tribute to the poet was a logical choice. The piece consists of seven poems by Robert Frost with musical accompaniment.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the D.P Culp University Center Auditorium and is expected to run approximately two hours. Admission is free, but Zembower said that goodwill donations will be gladly accepted.
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