Muskingum University Wind Ensemble Begins Fall Tour Oct. 20

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The Muskingum University Wind Ensemble will present its fall tour performance, American Visions, on Monday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel, located on the campus.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Wind Ensemble at Muskingum is the university's premiere instrumental ensemble, comprised of students from all academic majors.

Under the direction of Dr. David Turrill, American Visions features historical and patriotic works for wind band that relate to the ensemble's tour destinations in Gettysburg and Philadelphia.  

Included on the program will be An American Fanfare by Rick Kirby, a fanfare based on "My Country Tis of Thee."

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's writing of "The Star Spangled Banner," the ensemble will perform a concert setting of the national anthem arranged by Luigi Zaninelli.

Other works include "Songs From the Heartland," composed by Ohio native Dan Emmett; "A New Birth of Freedom" by Randol Alan Bass, featuring a reading of the Gettysburg Address; "American Civil War Fantasy" by Jerry Bilik; John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell March;" and "From Sea to Shining Sea," an arrangement of "America the Beautiful" by Warren Barker.  

Guest soloist Michael Rene Torres, a member of Muskingum music faculty, will perform Jules Demersseman's "Le Carnaval de Venise." In addition, several chamber ensembles comprised of students from the Wind Ensemble will perform a variety of selections.

The fall tour will continue on Oct. 22 with the following performances:

Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
North Branch Presbyterian Church
139 North Branch Road
Monaca, Pennsylvania

Thursday, October 23, 2:00 p.m.
Gettysburg Visitors Center (outside, weather permitting)
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Friday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.
Supplee Presbyterian Church
855 E. Welsh Road
Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

For more information, contact Dr. David Turrill at 740-826-8182.