Nicholls Wind Ensemble Concert to Feature American Band Classics

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls Wind Ensemble is set to perform its final concert of the 2018-19 season next week.

Free and open to the public, the “American Band Classics” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 in the Mary and Al Danos Theater. The ensemble is made up of students from various majors throughout the university and is directed by music instructor Dr. Jason Ladd.

The program will feature American classics including “Rocky Point Holiday” by Brown University professor Ron Nelson, who wrote the song about his vacations at Rocky Point in Rhode Island; “Magneticfireflies” by Augusta Read Thomas, whose music has been premiered by the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic; “Sanctuary” by University of Southern California professor Frank Ticheli, who is one of the most performed composers by college bands; and William Schuman’s “Chester,” a song based on a Revolutionary War tune by William Billings.

Senior music major Kelsie Felarise, from Lockport, will also conduct Aaron Copland’s “Down a Country Lane” and John Sousa’s “Glory of the Yankee Navy.”


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