Furman University Symphonic Winds will present a concert Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on the Furman campus.
The concert, “Masques, Reels, and Dances,” is open to the public and is presented by the Sound Quality Concert Series. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.
The performance is conducted by director of bands Leslie W. Hicken, director of athletic bands Jay Bocook, and guest composer/conductor Timothy Mahr who will present the Consortium World Premiere of his work “Symphony No. 1.” Other music includes “Masque” by Kenneth Hesketh, “Scotch Strathspey and Reel” by Percy Aldridge Grainger, and “Armenian Dances” by Alfred Reed.
An internationally acclaimed composer, Mahr received the 1991 Ostwald Award in the ABA Band Composition Contest for his composition “The Soaring Hawk.” He was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1993. Formerly director of bands at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and founding conductor of the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble, Mahr is the principal conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds and is active as a clinician and guest conductor nationally and internationally.
Recent commissions have come from the United States Air Force Band, the Music Educators National Conference, and the American Bandmasters Association. Twenty-five of his works have been published, with many released on compact disc recordings and included on state contest lists.
Mahr holds bachelor’s degrees in composition and music education from St. Olaf College, a master’s degree in trombone performance and a D.M.A. in instrumental conducting from the University of Iowa.
For more information, contact the Furman Band Office at 864-294-3069, or the Furman Music Office at 864-294-2086. Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite. Processing fees apply. Tickets may also be purchased at the door or through the Furman Music Office with no additional fees.