Tuesday 24 September 2019

Christ Church Cathedral to host free concert by US university wind symphony band

Bethel University Wind Symphony
Bethel University Wind Symphony

One of the best university college bands from the American midwest will play a free concert at Christ Church Cathedral on May 29.

The Bethel University Wind Symphony from Minnesota is made up of more than 45 wind, brass and percussion instrument players, many of whom are music students at the university in St Paul.

They will play a selection of Irish and Scottish airs including Amazing Grace, Loch Lomond and four Scottish dances as well as Cotillon, a suite of dance trunes, especialy suited to wind instrumets and first performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1939.

The concert will also feature a selection of American tunes including marching songs The Circus Bee and the classica American The Stars and Stripes Forever and American folk tunes including The Cry of the Wild Goose.

Recent overseas tours included Korea, England, Wales and the Czech Republic, and this year the Wind Symphony has decided to do a tour of Ireland and Scotland.

“These tours offer a wonderful opportunity to open up the world to students, creating a deep sense of community among the participants and giving our musicians an opportunity to focus deeply on our craft,” explains Stephen B Thompson, the orchestra’s conductor and professor of music at Bethel University.

In addition, the Bethel University Wind Symphony will also perform in Kilkenny at St Canice’s Cathedral, on 28 May at 3.30pm – entrance fee is €4.50; and at the Portadown Town Hall, Portadown, Co Armagh on 30 May at 7.30pm, entrance fee is £8 (£5 concessions). All proceeds for the Portadown concert go to the Lord Mayor’s charity, Down’s Syndrome Association.

The concert taking place at Christ Church Cathedral is free, but the event will be ticketed so sats must be reserved in advance at www.ChristChurchTickets.com

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