Concord University Band To Perform In Concert April 8

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 04 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         




ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Band will be performing on Friday, April 8 beginning at 6 p.m. under the direction of Dr. David Ball. The performance will take place in the Main Auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.

The repertoire will include Paul Dukas’s “Fanfare from La Péri” featuring the brass section; Prokofiev’s “March, Op. 99” highlighting the clarinets; populist composer John Mackey’s “Sheltering Sky;” and David Gillingham’s “With Heart and Voice.” The main feature of the concert is Karl Husa’s Pulitzer Prize winning composition “Music for Prague 1968.”

Dr. David Ball states, “Music for Prague 1968” is one of the most challenging works in the concert band repertoire. Husa pushed the compositional boundaries for band with this piece in order to capture the anguish that he felt over the Soviet Union destroying the Prague Spring reform movement in Czechoslovakia in 1968. The composition demands respect from both the performers and the audience. We have selected a group of pieces to surround this work that will feature different instrument families, and to lighten the foreboding mood established by Prague. The band will have several alums and guests joining us to fill out the instrumentation of the ensemble. This will be an exciting concert to finish out the semester!”

For any additional information, contact Dr. David Ball at at 304-384-6090 or the CU Box Office at 304-384-5101.


Cassidy Justice, a student at Concord University, wrote this press release.


Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.