NEW CONCORD -- The Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds (MVSW) will perform its Spring Pops Concert on Sunday, May 2 at 3 p.m. in Brown Chapel on the campus of Muskingum University.
Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for adults and $5 for youths. Children 5 and under are free.
Guest conductor for the performance will be Ashland University Associate Professor and Director of Bands Leonard Salvo. Don Kason, adjunct instructor for trumpet and director of the Wind and Percussion Ensemble at Muskingum University will be the featured soloist. Reprising his role as narrator will be Dr. Russell Brown.
The performance will include a variety of musical styles and selections, opening with Claude Smith's arrangement of "Eternal Father Strong to Save," and followed by Bennett's "The Rose Variations," featuring Kason.
Selections from Persichetti's "Divertimento for Band" will be followed by two of Grainger's English Morris Dance tunes, "Country Gardens" and "Shepherd's Hey." The performance will close with Hazo's "Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song," and "Slava!," Leonard Bernsteins's raucous tribute to former music director of The National Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich.
The 2009-2010 MVSW season is dedicated to the memory of its founder and conductor, Dr. William F. Schlacks, who died last year. Performances of the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds are sponsored in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts.
For information on the MVSW, call 826-8034.