Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host a concert featuring the Ouachita Wind Ensemble on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Jones Performing Arts Center.
The Wind Ensemble includes 37 students representing various majors from across campus.
“This music we are performing represents many years and styles,” said Dr. Craig Hamilton, director of the Wind Ensemble. “There is something for everyone.”
Hamilton also serves as OBU’s Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music, director of bands and coordinator of instrumental studies.
The concert will include Clifton Williams’ “Symphonic Suite,” Eric Whitacre’s “The Seal Lullaby,” Percy Aldridge Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore,” Eric Ewazen’s “Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble” and Vincent Persichetti’s “Divertimento for Band, Op. 42.” The Ewazen selection will feature a solo by the winner of the 2013 Ouachita Wind and Percussion Concerto Competition, Carter Harlan, a junior music education major from Fayetteville, Ark.
“There is something very special about a large group of people coming together to make music,” Harlan said. “We have a great conductor who challenges us with difficult music, so each concert is an exciting and fun event for the audience and the musicians.”
“The Wind Ensemble is a great collection of talented musicians,” said Emily Tual, a sophomore dietetics major and Wind Ensemble member from Plano, Texas. “We have fun but we get our work done. Dr. Hamilton challenges us in our musicianship and loves seeing us reach our potential. It’s a great program to be a part of.”
“I am very proud of the Wind Ensemble and look forward to our performance,” Hamilton noted. “I hope everyone can attend.”
For more information, contact Dr. Craig Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5137.
By Chelsea Whelpley