East Georgia State College will host the Georgia Southern University Wind Symphony as they present a Sousa Spectacular on February 25, 2016 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at the Luck F. Gambrell Center Auditorium and will begin with a short pre-concert chat with the conductor about the program and its presentation.
The Sousa Spectacular will feature a concert in the style of a John Philip Sousa Band. It will be conducted by Dr. Colin McKenzie, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at GSU. He will be assisted by Tito Osibodu, graduate conductor, and the program will feature GSU professor of clarinet Dr. Linda Cionniti.
“We are excited to present this ‘Sousa Spectacular’ to the audience at East Georgia State College,” said Dr. McKenzie. “The program does not feature music written only by Sousa, but is presented as a performance in the style of the John Philip Sousa Band. The format will be typical of what he would have presented in the heyday of popularity of his famous touring group. It will open with a transcription of an opera overture, will include a selection for a guest soloist, and will, of course, feature many of Sousa's works (some of which the audience will likely know well and others with which the audience may be less familiar). Also typical of this style concert is the use of encore pieces which are not included in the program, but are announced by placards throughout the concert. It really should be a fun event; we may even have a surprise or two for the audience!”
This event is part of the EGSC Vision Series and, as always, is free and open to the public.