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Band and Wind Ensemble to perform at Peoples Bank Theatre

MARIETTA — “Bach, to the Standards,” the fall concert of the Marietta College Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Peoples Bank Theatre.

The concert, free and open to the public, will include work by the greatest wind band composers of the early to the mid-20th century. Doors open 7 p.m.

“Obviously, a play on words, this concert is a collection of some of the standard works from what is considered the core repertoire collection for wind band performed by groups of all levels,” Christopher Schletter, interim director of bands, said.

One of the pieces is a wind band transcription of “Fantasia in G” by J.S. Bach. Although there is only one transcription in the concert, the inclusion of the piece keeps with the traditions of the wind band dating back to the late 19th century when bands were known to perform transcriptions from various genres, Schletter said.

“This is part one of a two-part series programmed to illustrate the progression of wind band works,” Schletter said.

“The first part is a look back at the repertoire that helped shape the wind band genre as it is known today and does not include music written after 1960. The spring concert will be a collection of new works for wind band and will include only works written after 1990.”

Songs include “Flourish for Wind Band” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Fantasia in G “by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Country Gardens and Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Grainger, “Divertimento” by Vincent Persichetti, “Chorale and Alleluia” by Howard Hanson and “Suite of Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennett.

“Some of the greatest composers of the 20th Century have composed for wind band and we want to highlight those composers and their works,” Schletter said.

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