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The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the performance hall of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The 8 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. The ensemble will perform under the direction of conductor John T. West, professor of music at Western. The performance will feature an array of original and transcribed wind music showcasing the talents of the 53 student musicians involved.

The program will begin and end with a set of instrumental “dances.” The opening set, “Courtly Airs and Dances” by American composer Ron Nelson, is patterned after music of 16th-century French composer Claude Gervaise.

Evan Dole, WCU graduate assistant conductor, will lead the ensemble in “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti. Also on the program is “The Mad Major” by Kenneth Alford, a British march that was composed in the years following World War II. The program will end with “Dance Movements” by British composer Philip Sparke.

“The last piece on the program also is the grandest in scale and by far the most technically demanding,” said West. “The music is exciting and melodic, heavily influenced by the style of Leonard Bernstein and should provide a fine ending to the concert.”

For more information, contact WCU's music department at (828) 227-7242.

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