‘Give Us This Day’: VSU Concert Band, Wind Ensemble perform on the same day | Local News


VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University Concert Band and Wind Ensemble is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Whitehead Auditorium.

Admission is free and open to the public, university officials said in a statement.

The 54-member orchestra, led by Dr. Skye Holmes, will perform dynamic and playful “Mock Morris” by Percy Grainger, thoughtful and meditative “Cantus” by Thomas Doss and timeless and classic “Little English Suite” by Clare Grundman.

After a brief intermission, the 44-member Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Benjamin Harper, will perform David Maslanka’s “Give Us This Day”, a short symphony consisting of two movements – the first deeply in search of character and the second very energetic.

“The words ‘give us this day’ are, of course, from the Lord’s Prayer, but the inspiration for this music is Buddhist,” the composer said. “I recently read a book by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn called ‘Making a Future Possible’. Its premise is that a future for the planet is only possible if individuals become deeply self-aware, deeply connected to who they truly are. Although this is not a new idea and something that is a lifelong struggle for everyone, in my opinion it is the issue of world peace. For me, writing music and working with people to play music are two of those points of mindfulness.

“Music makes the link with reality and by reality, I mean a real awakening and awareness. “Give Us This Day” gives us that very moment of awakening and awareness so that we can build a future in the face of a most dangerous and difficult time.

Holmes is Deputy Group Director and Director of Sports Groups at VSU. She leads the Blazin’ Brigade Marching Band and Concert Band and teaches arranging and marching band techniques.

Harper is a Band Manager and Assistant Professor of Music at VSU. He directs the Wind Ensemble, directs the Graduate Program in Wind Instrument Conducting, and guides all aspects of the University Band Program.

VSU’s Whitehead Auditorium is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building at the intersection of Brookwood Drive and Patterson Street.


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