The Central Symphonic Band will perform its spring concert in the auditorium tonight, May 9, at 7 P.M.. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
The concert will feature five pieces from the band with an additional duet from Central student and Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra member Ally Rogers on bassoon and fellow KSYO member Matthew Barrett on oboe.
During a brief interlude, a member of the American School Band Director’s Association will come onstage to award the band for its performance at the 2023 Concert Performance Assessment in March.
The band will also recognize each of its seniors to celebrate their final performance with the Central band.
“The kids have worked extremely hard this year, and they are excited to be performing tonight,” band director Alex Mink said in an email to staff.
The program includes “Rush” by Samuel Hazo, “Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holst, “Tennessee Salute” by Jay Dawson, “Prelude Siciliano and Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold, and “Halcyon Hearts” by Katahj Copley.
The band’s performance of “Tennessee Salute” is especially notable because it includes “Tennessee Waltz.” “Tennessee Waltz” is a classic Tennessean piece written by Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski (also known as Pee Wee King), but it was popularized in large part by Central graduate Roy Acuff.
The Gresham Middle School band will perform on the Central stage at 6 P.M. prior to the Central concert.
Central’s program is expected to last “around an hour,” according to Mink.
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