“Vive la France!” WLU Wind Ensemble at the Capitol Theater

On Sunday, March 21, 3 p.m., at the Capitol Theater in downtown Wheeling, the WLU Wind Ensemble will present a concert of works by French Romantic masters Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saens. Berlioz’s enormous symphonic work for winds and percussion, Grand Funeral and Triumphant Symphony, will feature Patrick Garrett, esteemed Director of Bands at Wheeling Park High School, as the trombone soloist. Modern British composer Martin Ellerby celebrates his favorite “Continental” city in Paris Sketches. As has been the tradition this year, the ensemble will also program a relatively obscure work by John Philip Sousa, The King of France March; a work full of humor that quotes the famous nursery rhyme. The Wind Ensemble, WLU’s elite instrumental ensemble, will also be joined by guests from Ritchie County High School, under the direction of Dr. Scott Tignor (also a WLU Adjunct Instructor). The Ritchie County HS Band will perform several works on their own and join forces with the WLU Wind Ensemble for a combined work Cajun Folksongs. This work celebrates the musical traditions of America’s only remaining pocket of French-speaking citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through Ticketmaster...

4th Annual Tri-State Select Honor Band (Nov 19-21 2009)

Regional band directors and instrumental educators are now welcome to begin online student nominations to the 2009 edition of the Tri-State Select Honor Band.  In only three years this festival has established a reputation for providing deserving high school band students from the region outstanding opportunities to grow in this intensive workshop-type ensemble. Students work for three days with clinicians of the highest caliber as well as many of the finest collegiate musicians from the region. This rewarding experience will bring energy, excitement, and renewed commitment to the home high school band.  Visit the Tri-State website or contact host Dr. Matthew Inkster for further...

WLU Concert Series: West Virginia Dance Company (Feb 28 2010)

32 years ago, the West Virginia Dance Company was founded with the distinct purpose of enriching lives through dance. Today the WVDC continues performing through a blend of entertaining and thought-provoking modern works that generate enthusiasm in audiences of all ages. Highly trained and seasoned professionals make up the Company, whose repertoire includes pieces that are influenced by West Virginia’s rich cultural heritage.

WLU Concert Series: The Jay Ware Jazz Quintet (March 26 2010)

Friday, March 26 2010 The Jay Ware Jazz Quintet 8pm Elbin Auditorium, College Hall An emerging force “oozing with talent”, the Jay Ware Quintet is raw, energetic, and takes no prisoners when it comes to live performance. Molded under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award nominee David Baker, L.A. studio great Steve Houghton, and renown trumpeter Pat Harbison, the quintet has performed throughout the nation and serve as Artists in Residence at the Williamston Jazz Gala. In addition to their role as performers, the JWQ are avid educators and advocates for jazz education in schools and universities. Jay Ware serves as the Associate Director of Bands at West Liberty University and pianist Amy Rempel is a Visiting Professor of Music at Indiana University. The JWQ will also be the featured clinicians for the first-annual Tri-State Select Honor Jazz Ensemble at West Liberty University (March 25-27), offering clinics, masterclasses, and performing alongside participants. Click on the link to find out more about the TSSHJE and Jay...

WLU Concert Series: Chanson, Vocal Ensemble (Nov 15 2009)

Formed in 1997 at Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota, Chanson continues to share their love of choral music and a capella singing with audiences across the country. Praised for their engaging concerts, these six voices join together in “close harmonies, excellent diction, and a vocal blend and finesse that far surpass many ensembles that have been in the business longer” (Louisville Courier-Journal).