Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center

The Virginia Tech Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble return to the Moss Arts Center stage in their first concert of the year and first live performance in twenty one months!

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Derek Shapiro, a performs a program titled “Folklore” featuring low brass professor Jay Crone on trombone playing Danish composer Launy Grøndahl’s Concerto for Trombone. Percy Grainger’s "Lincolnshire Posy" is a collection of stylized “musical wildflowers” collected in Lincolnshire, England at the turn of the twentieth-century. Warren Benson’s "The Leaves Are Falling" borrows its title from a Rilke poem (“Autumn”) and was inspired by the assassination of John F. Kennedy. After being exposed to military bands during his service in World War I, Ralph Vaughan Williams composed “Toccata Marziale,” a piece that references early-Baroque, virtuosic keyboard music. New composer Olivia Davis’ "Koliadka" was inspired by a thousand year old Ukrainian Christmas carol that tells of how three doves created the world.

The Symphony Band, under the direction of Chad Reep, will also perform on the concert.

WIND ENSEMBLE PROGRAM: Toccata marziale (Ralph Vaughan Williams) - The Leaves Are Falling (Warren Benson) - Koliadka (Olivia Davis) -   Concerto for Trombone and Band (Launy Grøndahl); Lincolnshire Posy (Lincolnshire Posy)

SYMPHONY BAND PROGRAM: The Thunderer (John Philip Sousa) - Primal Dances (Brian Balmages) - Shenandoah (Frank Ticheli) - Chorale and Shaker Dance (John Zdechlik)