Wilkes University


Wilkes University Presents “Homegrown Music” Concert on March 31

The Wilkes University Civic Band will present the concert “Homegrown Music” on Fri., March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the student lounge of the Henry Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. The concert will feature world premieres by members of the Civic Band; “Fantasy of Time” by Mark Stransky, a Wilkes alumnus, and “Shenandoah” by Ryan Lamoreux. Also featured will be “Valdres March” by Johannes Hanssen and “Loch Lomond” by Frank Ticheli.

The concert will open with a 30 minute discussion on the history of the tune “Shenandoah,” and the composition of Lamoreux’s new arrangement of the famous folk song. The discussion will be led by composer Lamoreux, Philip Simon, and members of his conducting class. Attendees at the discussion will receive copies of the score to allow them to follow as the Civic Band plays examples of the original melody and the compositional enhancements made by Lamoreux.

Stransky, a 2004 Wilkes masters degree graduate and local music educator, will conduct his composition, “Fantasy of Time,” which was written for the Civic Band and depicts humankind’s continuous struggle to merge with the unyielding tick of the clock.

The Wilkes University Civic Band, directed by Philip Simon, comprises Wilkes University student musicians and local adult and student musicians from the community.