Grace Wind Ensemble To Perform Spring Concert
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:00 PM
WINONA LAKE – The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble will perform “A Symphonic Journey” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake.
Advance tickets may be purchased at the Grace College Campus Store (inside the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Drive) and at Pottery Bayou in the Village at Winona. Tickets also will be available at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
This will be the Community Wind Ensemble’s last concert directed by Martin Becker, who is retiring. The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble has been under the direction of Becker for 15 years. He has conducted band concerts for 49 years, 32 of which have been with Warsaw Community Schools and Grace College.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to Marty for his years of service to the Grace College music program, and his decades of artistic contribution to our community,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary. “He has left an irreplaceable mark on our campus and community through his love for music and dedication to developing musicians. I hope that families and friends will gather in mass to hear and participate in Marty’s last concert with the Community Wind Ensemble,” he concluded.
Becker provided the following description of the upcoming spring concert:
“The band has 70 musicians and the instrumentation is outstanding,” said Becker. “It will feature some of the area’s finest musicians. The band is comprised of Grace College students, community members and professional musicians. I am looking forward to the performance and encourage everyone’s attendance; this will be one not to miss.”
The performance will open with the “Radetzky March” written by Johann Strauss and arranged by Alfred Reed.
The second piece is another popular Strauss composition, “Die Fledermaus.”
The third piece is “See Rock City.”
The first half of the program will finish with “On the Mall” that takes the audience to Central Park in New York City.
The second half of the concert will open with “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas.”
“A Symphonic Journey” continues with an arrangement of Broadway tunes composed by Leslie Bricusse, a British lyricist, and his long-time writing partner Anthony Newley.
For the final selection, Becker has chosen his favorite march, “His Honor,” written in 1933 by Henry Fillmore.
For more information about the spring concert, contact Martin Becker at 574-551-3550 or email@example.com