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NSU wind ensemble presents “To the Planets and Beyond”

Published 11/16/17

Jessica Sudbeck

TNE Writer

The NSU Music Department is proud to present “To the Planets and Beyond,” a presentation that will be performed by the wind ensemble. 

The wind ensemble is a premier concert band in the NSU band program, performing standard concert repertoire, as well as new literature by some of the best composers working today.

“Directing the wind ensemble is both an honor and a thoroughly enjoyable experience,” said Dr. James Adams, director of bands. “I love being able to collaborate with such a talented group of student musicians and help them discover their full potential through regular improvement.”

Students and faculty of the wind ensemble are excited for the upcoming performance and have been working hard to perfect their music.

“We play music written by many different composers,” said Bailey Wyckoff, Coweta sophomore. “Dr. Adams does such an amazing job with the ensemble. He chooses music that is fun for us to play and that sounds incredible. Being the only bassoon player in this ensemble is interesting because my sound is different from others. The solos that Dr. Adams has given me have really pushed me to be a better musician. Without him and this ensemble, I do not know where I would fit in at NSU. I am grateful to be a part of the wind ensemble and I am even more grateful that I am doing it with the friends I love.” 

Performers of the group agree the music they play is both thought-provoking and close to their hearts.

“Since it is a very professional-oriented ensemble, the music that we play in it is very challenging,” said Brady Hacker, Sapulpa junior.  “We must go outside of our two-hour rehearsals and practice the music on our own because we want to sound amazing for the concert. I have always enjoyed being in the wind ensemble and have been in it since I came here as a freshman.”

Hacker said the performers of the wind ensemble always play exciting music during every concert.

The upcoming performance will be outer space-themed and will include three parts of “The Planets,” a seven-movement orchestral collection by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the solar system and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst.  The performance will also include the songs E.T. by composer John Williams and Galactic Empires by David Gillingham, as well as other interstellar related melodies.

“The wind ensemble gives me a place to perform at my uppermost with a group of people that all love music,” said Quinton Odle, Pryor freshman. “It allows me to continue my love of performing difficult and beautiful music. The concert I am sure will take listeners through a journey past the solar system with sounds ranging from the angry red planet of Mars to the mysterious calming sounds of Saturn. The music invokes so many good emotions with the players and no doubt will with the listener, as well.”

The performers of the wind ensemble said this concert is going to be very powerful and will be a concert everyone should go to.

“To the Planets and Beyond” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

For more information, call 918-444-4500 or visit their Facebook page.

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