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Savannah Wind Symphony presents its fall concert with world premiere

Savannah Wind Symphony
Savannah Wind Symphony

On Nov. 12, the Savannah Wind Symphony will host its fall concert in Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus Fine Arts Auditorium with the world premiere of “Pentangle,” a concerto grosso for brass quintet and concert band by composer Philip Sparke. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“It is very exciting to be a part of creating a work of art that will add to the repertoire of the fastest growing music ensembles in the world,” said Johnson. “The work we have created is a very rare composition for the concert band medium. I am not aware of very many, if any, exist like it.”

“Pentangle” which follows the traditional 18th-century concerto grosso form of the classical period and is updated with a modern twist, was commissioned by the Savannah Wind’s artistic director and principal conductor Mark B. Johnson and made possible through a grant from the Savannah Orchestral Music Fund.

While putting together the show, Johnson was able to work closely with Sparke after meeting in Chicago at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference.

“We emailed each other throughout the summer months with general and specific concepts,” said Johnson. “Sparke completed the finished work and emailed the score to me in early August.”

The Savannah Wind Symphony is a community wind band serving the Coastal Empire and is comprised of musicians from the greater coastal empire region. The organization is sponsored by the Department of Music on the Armstrong Campus.

Tickets for the world premiere of “Pentangle” are $15 for general admission, with discounts for military, seniors and children. Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff attend for free. 

Purchase tickets by calling (912) 344-2801, or visit georgiasouthern.edu/armstrong tickets. The Armstrong Campus Fine Arts Box Office is also open weekdays between noon and 3 p.m. in Fine Arts Hall.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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