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Fall Band Concert November 19 at ABAC

TIFTON - The Concert Band at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will present its annual fall concert on Nov. 19 under the direction of Johnny Folsom, instructor and Director of Music – Bands in the School of Liberal Arts.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium and features an exciting musical program.

The concert begins with “O Fortuna”, the most notable movement from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Then the band performs composer David Holsinger’s depiction of a Biblical chase scene from the book of Genesis entitled “Abram’s Pursuit”.  The Concert Band, along with featured violinist Seth Mann, a business major from Tifton, will give a stirring performance of the “Theme from Schindler’s List”.

Mississippi State University’s Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Craig Aarhus, is the guest conductor for the evening. Aarhus is the son-in-law of Folsom and is married to his oldest daughter, Amy.  Aarhus will direct the John Philip Sousa march “King Cotton”.

The ABAC Concert Band will also perform a composition that describes the lumberjack experience in turn-of-the-century Wisconsin, “Northwoods:  Of Might and Mettle”, by Robert W. Smith that premiered at the 2002 Wisconsin Music Educators Conference.  

To conclude the evening’s program, a child soloist will join singers from Dr. Susan Roe’s ABAC Choir and the ABAC Concert Band in Stephen Melillo’s spectacular patriotic arrangement of “God Bless America”.

The public is invited to attend this special event and the admission is free.  Seating is limited so early arrival is encouraged. 

For more information, contact Folsom at (229) 391-4944. 
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