The annual All New England Band Festival, featuring 175 high school musicians, will culminate in a performance at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center on the Plymouth State College campus.
The concert will conclude a day-long event involving honor band members from 70 high schools from all six New England states. The students were chosen from more than 458 who applied for the festival from a total of 90 high schools. Selections were based on students’ individual musical achievements while attending the schools they are representing. More than two-thirds of those selected have been members of their respective all-state bands or orchestras.
Guest conductors for the 2002 Festival are Mark Camphouse and Andrew Boysen. Both are nationally known composers of band music and have numerous published and recorded works to their credit.
The festival bands will share the concert with the Plymouth State College Symphonic Band, conducted by Gary Corcoran. The college band will perform works by Ron Nelson, Frank Ticheli, James Kessler, Pavel Tschesnokoff and Carl Strommen as well as works by guest conductors Camphouse and Boysen.
Oboist Kenda Corcoran of the PSC Department of Music and Theatre will perform “Hudson River Rhapsody,” a work written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Tickets for the performance are $6 general admission and will be available at the door. Call 535-ARTS or 1-800-3869 for information. If special accommodations are needed, please call in advance.