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Symphonic Winds in concert Nov. 17

Furman Symphonic Winds will perform Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students.

Furman Symphonic Winds will present its annual fall concert Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on the Furman University campus.

The concert, “Illuminations,” is open to the public and is presented by the Furman Department of Music. Tickets for the Sound Quality Concert Series event are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The event is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.

Conducted by Furman music professor Leslie W. Hicken, the program features consortium world premieres of compositions by Mark Camphouse, and Greenville native Jess Langston Turner. Senior music education majors Logan Campbell, Nick Bruce and Emma Gierszal will be guest student conductors for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite.

Also on the program are works by Henry Fillmore; Vincent Persichetti; Furman music professor Jay Bocook; and Dmitri Shostakovich.

For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at 864-294-3069, or email the department at FurmanMusic@furman.edu. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at this link.

About Les Hicken
Leslie W. Hicken joined the Furman music faculty in 1993. He directs the wind ensemble, symphonic band and chamber wind ensembles and serves as assistant director to the marching band. In 2012, he led the wind ensemble to the American Bandmasters Association National Convention in Charleston, S.C. A member of the South Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame, Hicken is president of the South Carolina Band Directors Association, and member of the American Bandmasters Association. Prior to joining Furman’s faculty, Hicken was the director of bands at Youngstown State (Ohio) University and director of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra. He also performed as a clarinetist in the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Earlier in his career, Hicken taught in Durham, N.C. and performed as a clarinetist in the U.S. Military Academy. Hicken holds a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and advanced degrees from Columbia University and Indiana University.

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