Instruments of the symphony include flute, piccolo, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, and percussion, all under the direction of Bob Archer, Austin College adjunct instructor in music.
The evening’s music will include “Song of the Blacksmith” by Gustav Holst and based on a traditional English folk song; “Impact” by Sean O’Loughlin; “Sheep-Shearing Song” by Eugene Goossens and scored by Percy Grainger; “The Old Red Mill” by Brant Karrick; and “Rephrygeration” by Todd Stalter. Following intermission, the music continues with “Factory Riffs” by Matt Conaway; “Industrial Loops” by Brian Balmages; “Foundry” by John Mackey; and “The Machine Awakes” by Steve Bryant.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.