Oklahoma Baptist University

Symphonic Winds to Present Concert Dec. 6

OBU's Symphonic Winds will perform their second concert of the semester, titled “In Darkness and Light,” Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The community is invited to attend.

All selections on the program are representations of either darkness or light. The program will open with “Overture La Forza Del Destino” by Giuseppe Verdi, followed by “Old Churches” by Michael Colgrass and “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland.

Other pieces include “Lux Arumque” by Eric Whitacre, “Sound Prisms” by Brian Balmages and “Angels in the Architecture” by Frank Ticheli. The concert will conclude with “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein.

Dr. Jennifer McQuade, assistant professor of music at OBU, will add her soprano voice to the ensemble on Frank Ticheli’s “Angels in the Architecture.”

The Symphonic Winds are conducted by Dr. Lauren Denney Wright, director of bands and assistant professor of instrumental music education at OBU. Denney Wright completed her doctoral studies in instrumental conducting at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she gained extensive conducting experience by directing the Frost Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Chamber Winds and Concert Band. She also taught conducting courses and directed the men’s and women’s basketball pep bands.

Denney Wright has worked with such composers as David Maslanka, John Mackey, Steven Bryant and John Corigliano. She maintains professional memberships with the College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association.

For more information about the concert or the Symphonic Winds, contact Denney Wright at lauren.denney.wright@okbu.edu.