“Emblems” Concert Planned for Sunday Afternoon

ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble 3-8-2020
File photo of an Arkansas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble performance on March 8, 2020.

Arkansas Tech University will present live virtual concerts featuring the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the ATU Symphonic Band on Sunday, Oct. 3.

The concerts are collectively entitled “Emblems.” They will be available for listening and viewing at https://bit.ly/atumusiclive. Due to COVID-19 precautions, in-person attendance at the venue will be limited to invited guests of the performers.

Dr. Daniel A. Belongia, professor of music and director of bands at Arkansas Tech, explained the title for the concerts is derived from the fact “they feature compositions which serve as symbols of particular qualities or concepts.”

The ATU Symphonic Band will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Pieces by David Biedenbender, John Mackey, Michael Markowski and Julius Fucik are on the program.

Dr. Jon Nash, assistant professor of music and assistant director of bands at Arkansas Tech, serves as conductor for the ATU Symphonic Band.

The ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert at 3:15 p.m. Sunday will include compositions by Julie Giroux and Kevin Day as well as David Maslanka’s “Hosannas.”

Maslanka’s piece includes seven movements, the last of which is set to the Richard Beale poem “A Litany for Courage and the Seasons.”

ATU Department of Music faculty members Dr. Jon Clements and Dr. Christopher Harris will lend their vocal talents to Sunday’s performance of that final movement, which will be dedicated to the memory of Brian Conatser, long-time instructor and accompanist in the ATU Department of Music, and his wife, ATU alumna Ann Shields, both of whom lost their lives in an automobile accident on Aug. 15.

Belongia serves as conductor for the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Music by visiting www.atu.edu/music.