The Wind Ensemble of the University of Louisiana Monroe presents its first concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Brown Auditorium.
Seating in the auditorium is limited to 75, and a ticket is required for admission. Free tickets are available on Eventbrite (search for ULM Wind Ensemble).
The concert will be livestreaming on the ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts YouTube channel.
Conductors for the performance are VAPA Director Derle R. Long, Ph.D., and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Sean O’Pry, M.A.
“The performance will feature a tribute to Black History Month and a tribute to the individuals who died on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.,” Long said.
The repertoire includes “Sarabande and Polka” by Malcolm Arnold, “A Movement for Rosa” by Mark Camphouse, “An American Elegy” by Monroe native Frank Ticheli, “Aquarium” by Johan De Meij, and “Wedding Dance” by Jacques Press.
The performance will conclude with a special edition of John Philip Sousa’s “The White Rose March.”
“A Movement for Rosa” was composed to honor Rosa Parks, a civil rights leader in Montgomery, Ala. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man. She is called “the mother of the civil rights movement.”
“An American Elegy” was composed in memory of those killed and to honor the survivors of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999.
The ULM Wind Ensemble performs “An American Elegy” as a tribute to those who lost their lives in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.