MSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the second to perform new work, "Symphony no. 2 - La Commedia" by Boston composer Brett Abigaña, based on Dante's Divine Comedy. The concert is tomorrow night (Nov. 5) at 7:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Abigaña and Director of Bands Dennis Johnson about how the work is crafted so as to avoid the stereotypes of Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise, while pushing the boundaries for a contemporary audience. 

MSU Wind Ensemble President's Concert

Nov 4, 2013

Tomorrow night's (Tuesday, November 5) President's Concert at Murray State University's Lovett Auditorium features the MSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble performing three compositions written to challenge the student musicians and delight listeners. Director of University Bands Dennis Johnson conducts. He speaks with Kate Lochte about the lively program, which is free and open to all.

It begins at 7:30 pm in Lovett Auditorium. The Wind Ensemble has a national and international reputation due to its touring schedule, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. 

Murray State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the MSU Jazz Orchestra welcome guest trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. The concert is part of the 66th annual Quad-State Senior High Band Festival. A highlight of the Wind Ensemble is the premiere of KY composer James Curnow's new work "A Moment in Time" exploring the writings of Matsuo Basho of 17th Century Japan and Henry David Thoreau of 19th Century Massachusetts. Dennis Johnson, Director of Bands at Murray State University, spoke with Tracy on Sounds Good about the upcoming performance.