posted February 9, 2011

Wind Ensemble to Perform on Feb. 23

The Hope College Wind Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The program, titled "International Dance Festival!," includes "Armenian Dances," by Alfred Reed; "Vientos y Tangos," by Michael Gandolfi; "Solitary Dancer," by Warren Benson; and "La Fiesta Mexicana," by H. Owen Reed.

"Each piece has something to do with the depiction of different dances from around the world," said Dr. Gabe Southard, who is director of the Wind Ensemble and an assistant professor of music.  "There's a little something for everyone."

A member of the Hope faculty since 2007, Southard completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Michigan State University. Prior to his residence at MSU, he served as wind symphony conductor and flute studio teacher at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he also taught orchestration, music appreciation and advanced conducting.  While living in Cincinnati, Ohio, Southard served as conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble from 1999 to 2002.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.