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Symphonic Band offering spring concert with classic, contemporary flair

The Alfred University Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Christopher Foster, will present its spring concert on Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m. in the Miller Theater, Miller Performing Arts Center. The event is open to the public free of charge.

The band will perform a wide range of pieces, both classic and contemporary. The program will include Jack Stamp’s “Gavorkna Fanfare,” “Sun Cycles” by Brian Balmages, and the four movements of “Second Suite in F for Military Band,” written by Gustav Holst in 1922.

Following a brief intermission, the band will continue with Holst’s “Mars, the Bringer of War” from “The Planets,” Morten Lauridsen’s “Contre Qui, Rose,” and will finish with two movements from Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” (“The Hut of Baba Yaga” and “The Great Gate of Kiev”).

Foster, director of bands and assistant professor of music at AU, earned a master of music degree in performance from the University of Nevada-Reno and a doctor of musical arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas. He has performed professionally both as a freelance musician and with a number of ensembles, including the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Baroque Trumpet Ensemble; Reno Chamber Orchestra; Reno Philharmonic Orchestra; Nevada Opera; Reno Jazz Orchestra; and the Ruby Mountain Symphony. He currently directs the AU Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Brass Choir, and has previously directed concert, jazz, and marching bands in Ely and Las Vegas, Nevada.