The Plymouth State University Symphonic Band will present a public concert on the theme, “Marches, etc.” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30 at the Silver Center for the Arts. The Symphonic Band is open to all Plymouth State students, by audition. The band is featured annually in the All New England Band Festival, hosted by PSU.
Guest conductor Jonathan Santore says, “My own earliest musical training was in the context of the concert band. This concert features works that are personal favorites of mine, including lots of marches from the U.S., England and Belgium.” Santore says marches are “… as crucial a musical form to the band as the symphony is to the orchestra.” The program also includes “standard works in the band repertoire” from the U.S. and England, according to Santore.
In addition, two new works by PSU students — “Eire,” by Melanie Donahue, and “El Momento,” by Daniel Formidoni, will be premiered.
Dr. Santore is chair of the department of music, theatre, and dance and associate professor of music theory and composition at Plymouth State University. He is composer in residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale and was a winner of the 1999 American Composers Forum Welcome Christmas! carol competition. He was also named New Hampshire Composer of the Year in 1999 and has won numerous awards for his compositions. He has conducted performances of his own works in the U.S. and Europe. He is also active as a music theorist and conductor.
Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.