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BYU Wind Symphony will present film classics, new works Feb. 25

The finest woodwind, brass and percussion players at Brigham Young University will perform during the Wind Symphony winter concert Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Tickets are $10, with $4 off for students and $1 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni at or (801) 422-4322.

Under the direction of Donald Peterson, the 50-student ensemble will perform nine major works, including the Trumpet Concerto by Henri Tomasi, the Concert Etude by Alexander Goedicke and "In Memoriam" by Johan Halvorsen. Additionally, the band will play arrangements of popular scores from soundtracks like John Williams’ “Cowboys” (a John Wayne western) and Bernard Herrmann’s “North by Northwest” (the classic Hitchcock-thriller featuring Carey Grant). The premier performance of the evening will be “Air,” an original composition by BYU alumnus Benjamin Taylor.

For two of the pieces, trumpeter Andrew Allphin, also a BYU alumnus, will be a soloist. Since 2004, Allphin has been a member of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C., the premiere ensemble of the military.

The BYU Wind Symphony has an active concert season. In recent years, the symphony has performed in the British Isles, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, mainland China, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, the Baltic States and Russia, as well as throughout the northwestern United States and Canada.

New Zealand’s Northeastern Telegraph newspaper called the symphony’s performance “...the most memorable musical occasion for many a day. The faultless precision and control of the players ... almost made one gasp with incredulous wonder.”

For more information about this concert, contact Donald Peterson, director of bands, at (801) 422-7275 or, or visit To learn more about BYU’s Wind Symphony, visit

Writer: Philip Volmar

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