The music department of Murray State University is proud to present two of the department’s premiere instrumental ensembles in a special Winter Concert on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30pm in the Lovett Auditorium on campus.  The concert will feature the MSU Symphony Orchestra and the MSU Trumpet Ensemble.  The Symphony Orchestra opens their portion of the concert with the “Prelude to Die Meistersinger” by Richard Wagner.

“This Prelude was written in 1862 however the grand opera was not completed until 1868,” stated Director of Bands and Orchestra, Dennis L. Johnson.  “It is unique to Wagner in that it foreshadowed a sense of humor, optimism, and hope.”

The Symphony Orchestra concludes their portion of the program with the “Carnival Overture” by Antonin Dvorak.  “This fast paced and exciting overture has been an audience favorite since its inception”, stated Johnson. “The work showcases most every section of the orchestra and increases tempo throughout, leading to an exciting and whirlwind conclusion.”

Opening the concert will be the department’s Trumpet Ensemble coached by trumpet professor Dr. Eric Swisher.  They will perform  “Three Scenes”, a work for six trumpets and flugelhorns. The work highlights the rhythmic, expressive, and assertive aspects of the trumpet ensemble’s capabilities. It was composed by Roland Barrett in 2002 for the University of Oklahoma Trumpet Ensemble.  Inaugurated in 1992, the National Trumpet Competition has provided performing opportunities, master classes, exhibition concerts, historic and commercial exhibits and an educational, supportive environment for nearly 3,000 students. To date, these students have represented 40 states as well 6 foreign countries. Nearly 100 Artist Faculty members coming from universities and symphony orchestras around the nation have donated their time and talents to judge these fine young players.  The concert is of course free and the public is invited to attend.

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