Wind Ensemble Plays Soft and Sweet

Eastern Mennonite University Wind Ensemble

The Eastern Mennonite University Wind Ensemble, directed by James W. (Jim) Warner, will present its fall concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in EMU’s Lehman Auditorium.

The 32-member group will play a varied program of music, including "Three Chorale Preludes" by William Latham based on "Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light," "My Heart is Filled With Longing" and "Now Thank We All Our God."

The group will also perform "The Walking Frog," a circus walkabout by Karl King arranged by Robert E. Foster, "Toccata" by Frescobaldi arranged by Earl Slocum, "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen transcribed for band by Robert Reynolds, "On An American Spiritual" by David Holsinger based on "Were You There" and "All Creatures of Our God," a contemporary setting by Stephen Bulla.

The concert will mark the EMU Wind Ensemble’s sixth year at EMU. The ensemble, started by former EMU professor Stephen W. Sachs, is made up of current and former EMU students and musicians from the local community.

Warner, who also directs the EMU Jazz ensemble, is retired after serving 26 years as director of bands at Harrisonburg High School and a total of 34 years as a high school teacher. He is a former member of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival orchestra.

Admission to the concert is free; donations are welcomed for the EMU music student scholarship fund.