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Symphonic Band plans evening of classics, modern works

On Friday, May 2, the Alfred University Symphonic Band, under the direction Dr. Christopher Foster, will perform in the Miller Theater at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The band will play a mix of pieces including classics such as “Nimrod” from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” and “Incantation and Dance” by John Barnes Chance. In addition there will be modern works from Eric Whitacre, John Mackey, Samuel Hazo, and Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Foster is director of bands and assistant professor of music at AU, directing the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Brass Choir. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in music-performance from the University of Nevada-Reno.

He has performed professionally as a freelance musician and with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Baroque Trumpet Ensemble; the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra; Reno Chamber Orchestra; Nevada Opera; Reno Jazz Orchestra; and the Ruby Mountain Symphony. He has been a guest conductor at the Lake Tahoe Music Camp and has directed concert, jazz, and marching bands in Ely and Las Vegas, NV.