Concerts at Ferris Feature Music from Around the World

Ferris State UniversityMusic lovers can experience works from around the world during free concert events on Thursday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 18 at Ferris State University.

The concerts are being presented as part of the university’s “Beyond the Silk Road Experience,” an initiative sponsored by Ferris’ Center for Global Studies and Engagement.

The university’s Symphony Band will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in Williams Auditorium. The program will feature “Dragon Boat Festival,” a new work by renowned composer Michael Boot that explores the music of China.

Other selections will include a Richard Strauss march, “Voyage” by John Tatgenhorst and a version of “Amazing Grace.” Featured artists include FSU Athletic Pep Band Faculty Director Dale Skornia, as guest conductor, and graduating Ferris student Logan May, who will solo on the jazz classic, “Sugar Blues.”

Sunday’s concert, at 4 p.m. in Williams Auditorium, will feature the university’s West Central Chamber Orchestra in a performance titled “From the Silk Road to the New World.” The orchestra will perform music from China to Persia and Turkey, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, France and the United States.

The orchestra also will feature music by French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

The WCCO includes Ferris students, adult community members and high school musicians.

Both concerts, under the direction of Richard Scott Cohen, are open to the public.

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Last updated: 11-14-2012