Wingate University’s Wind Ensemble presents winter concert

Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University’s Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Dawn Perry, will perform a concert on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in McGee Theater of the Batte Fine Arts Center on campus. The concert will feature several famous pieces from the band repertoire, including the William Byrd Suite by Gordon Jacob and Toccata by Frescobaldi, as well as a few Christmas tunes. The band will perform one of its commissioned works with the composer, Ed Kiefer, as the guest conductor.

“We are very excited to have Mr. Ed Kiefer, retired band director, here to conduct one of his own compositions,” Perry said. “Mr. Kiefer wrote Escape! for the University Wind Ensemble in 2009. It is based on the Coventry Carol, a popular Christmas tune that most are familiar with, but might not know the true story behind.”
The concert is free and open to the community.

Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble is the premiere instrumental ensemble of the University with focus on the performance of standard and new band repertoire. Enrollment in the Wind Ensemble is required of instrumental music majors and is currently open to any non-majors and community members by audition with the director.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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