Troy University Symphony Band to present free concert on Tuesday

Posted: Thursday, 16 October 2014

TROY - The Troy University Symphony Band will present its annual Masterworks concert on Tuesday at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Symphony Band is under the director of Dr. Mark Walker, Director of Bands, Coordinator of Winds and Percussion and Associate Professor of Music. Dr. Walker also conducts TROY's Sound of the South Marching Band and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, marching band techniques, measurement and evaluation and music education.

The concert will open with the performance of a recent composition by Canadian composer John Estacio called "Frenergy." The main work on the program is the Third Symphony "Tragic," by James Barnes. The piece is both an elegy to his deceased daughter, Natalie, and a joyous celebration of the birth of his son, Billy.

Troy University saxophone professor Ray Smith will join the Symphony Band as the special guest soloist on Alexander Glazunov's "Concerto for Alto Saxophone."

Smith has been a member of the John M. Long School of Music faculty since 1990. A graduate of TROY and the University of South Florida, Smith has taught for more than 30 years at all levels. His teaching experience includes concert band, wind ensemble, marching band, jazz ensemble, music theory, applied woodwinds, woodwind techniques, jazz history, instrument repair, music technologies and concert band literature. He is an active soloist, recitalist, clinician and adjudicator and has performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Tampa Bay Symphony, the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Sarasota Opera, Tampa Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Jeoffrey Ballet, Barnum and Bailey Circus and many Broadway musicals.