Kent State University’s Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble offer May 4 commemorative concert
Kent, OH — On Fri., Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Wendy K. Matthews, will present “Strong” to commemorate the events of May 4, 1970 at Kent State. It will feature music exploring historical events when a person stood resilient in their beliefs. This includes people like Rosa Parks, Omar Thomas, Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson and the attacks of 911, and communities and cultures like LGBTQ and Native Americans. They will share the stage with the Glauser School’s Symphony Band, directed by Dr. Kate Ferguson. The concert is free and open to the public in Cartwright Hall, 650 Hilltop Dr. on the Kent Campus.
The Wind Ensemble’s diverse and inclusive program will include music honoring people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community and Native Americans. Highlights include “A Movement for Rosa” by conductor-composer Mark Camphouse honoring Rosa Parks and Omar Thomas’ “A Mother of a Revolution!” Composed earlier this year, Thomas’ work celebrates the bravery of trans women and, in particular, Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson, who is often credited as one of the instigators of the 1968 Stonewall uprising in New York City.
Two works by Cleveland-born Eric Ewazen will also be featured on the program, including “Hymn for the Lost and Living.” Commissioned by and dedicated to the US Air Force Heritage of America Band, the work is a tribute to the lives lost during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Ewazen was teaching at The Juilliard School at the time. The Kent Brass Quintet will also join the Wind Ensemble to perform Ewazen’s “Shadowcatcher.” Inspired by Edward Curtis’ photos of Native North Americans, each of the pieces four movements musically depicts a scene as captured by the early 20th-century American photographer.
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