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Austin College Concert Band Performs Nov. 14
Article By: by Austin College
Posted: 11/6/2012 Views: 4454  Impressions: 14366
Categories: Entertainment: Events, Entertainment: The Arts

SHERMAN, TEXAS-The Austin College Concert Band, directed by Bob Archer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, in Wynne Chapel on the Austin College campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The performance is dedicated to Dr. W. Francis McBeth, described by Archer as one of the most renowned composers of wind band literature of the past century. The evening's program will include several pieces by Dr. McBeth, composed for symphonic bands: "Caccia," "The Seventh Seal," "Divergents," "Second Suite," "Kaddish," and "Canto."

Now in its 10th season, the Concert Band is a joint effort of Austin College and community musicians. Band members include Austin College students-music majors and non-music majors, Austin College faculty, area high school band directors, and community members. The band is open to those who have an instrumental background and wish to continue or renew their love of music, Archer said.

Dr. William Francis McBeth (March 9, 1933 - January 6, 2012) was born in Ropesville, Texas, and attended the University of Texas and Eastman School of Music. In 1963, he was presented the Howard Hanson Composition Award. He was named the Arkansas State Composer Laureate and conducted the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra from 1970 to 1973. He taught music theory and composition at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, for 39 years from 1957 until his retirement in 1996 as professor emeritus and distinguished university professor. He was a member of Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, Kappa Mu Alpha, Tri-M Honorary Music Society, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and president of American Bandmasters Association. He received the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Medal of Honor in 1999 and was named the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia's American Man of Music in 1988.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges That Change Lives.

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