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FGCU Bower School of Music Wind Orchestra Performs "An American Salute," in Celebration of Black History Month, Feb. 12
2/5/2009

FORT MYERS, FL - The Bower School of Music Wind Orchestra at Florida Gulf Coast University celebrates significant and influential American composers in "An American Salute," 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Student Union ballroom, in celebration of Black History Month and the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Associate professor and Head of Instrumental Music Rod Chesnutt is conductor.

FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw will narrate Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," which defined a sound that is uniquely American. Based upon Lincolnís letters and speeches, Copland captured the spirit of a man who changed American society.

Other compositions include James Curnow's "Fanfare and Flourish for a Festive Occasion," acclaimed as one of the more exciting fanfares in contemporary wind music repertoire;
Mark Camphouse's "A Movement for Rose," commemorating the moment when Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus; and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson's "Triumphal Ode."

The program concludes with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Morton Gould's "American Salute," based on the Civil War tune, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," by Patrick Gilmore.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Chesnutt at (239) 590-7188.


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