“October Winds,” the opening concert of the 2014-15 season by the Youngstown State University Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, will be 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in Stambaugh Auditorium on Fifth Avenue in Youngstown.
The groups include more than 100 woodwind, brass, piano, harp, string bass and percussion students in YSU’s Dana School of Music, conducted by Brandt Payne and Stephen L. Gage.
The performance opens with the Concert Band playing Gustav Holst’s classic, Moorside March. The band will then perform Shelley Hanson’s Seis Manuel and Alfred Reed’s setting of Bach’s Come Sweet Death. The Concert Band will close its portion of the program with Frank Ticheli’s Vesuvius.
The YSU Wind Ensemble will then take the stage with John Paynter’s arrangement of Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances. Grainger’s Molly on the Shore is next on the concert program, followed by Anthony O’Toole’s new work, Up! The Wind Ensemble then plays Eric Whitacre’s October, featuring soloists Rachael Swanson, oboe, from Greenville, Pa., and Richard Dickenson, euphonium, from Austintown. Alfred Reed’s classic Armenian Dances, Set I rounds out the evening’s performance.
O’Toole will be Composer-In-Residence with the YSU Wind Ensemble and the YSU Dana Symphony Orchestra from October 12 to 14. He will attend rehearsals to work with Dana students on his compositions, and he will hold master classes and lessons with composition students.
O’Toole holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a master’s student in Composition at George Mason University. O’Toole has written more than 100 works for almost every medium and began writing music in his early teens. After graduating from IUP in 2011 he worked full-time as a composer while also working as an orchestrator and arranger for two years. In the last five years, O’Toole has seen success as a composer winning numerous prizes, which include the Grand Prize in the 2012 Garritan Composition Contest for his orchestral, work ‘CA-91’ as well as other accolades and honorable mentions.
The YSU Wind Ensemble continues to receive accolades for its recent NAXOS International CD release, Old Wine in New Bottles, and the band was invited to give a feature performance at the 2015 Ohio Music Educators Association State Music Convention to be held in the Cleveland Convention Center in February
Concert tickets are $5 each; $4 for students and senior citizens; and free for anyone with a valid YSU ID, and may be ordered by phone at 330-259-0555, in person at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, or online at www.stambaughauditorium.com.