The Concert Band at West Virginia Wesleyan College will present its spring concert, “Heaven and Earth,” on Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The concert’s theme of the life’s journey is centered on the performance’s main musical selection, Symphony of Prayer by Eric Schmidt.
Under the direction of Logan Lindsey, director of bands, the concert band will begin the audience’s journey with Schmidt’s first movement, “Adoration.” This movement explores all the quiet and majestic ways one can show adoration for life which manifests itself in deep love and respect. The next movement, “Thanksgiving,” depicts the joys and dance-like emotions that are felt when pure gratitude is present in life. The final movement, “Supplication,” offers solo and quiet passages reminiscent of prayer or contemplation while showing the power of humility and humbleness of asking for something earnestly.
Rounding out the performance will be the movement “Purgatorio” from Robert W. Smith’s symphony The Divine Comedy. This movement puts the mental images of Purgatory into musical form.
“There is a lot of fun to be had performing and listening to these works with their dramatic changes,” stated Lindsey. “This concert will let the audience’s mind wander while being flooded with music that entertains and invokes thought, discussion, daydreams, and much more.”
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