Symphonic Band to present variety

Northwestern College’s Symphonic Band will perform a wide variety of music at a concert on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert will consist of seven pieces. The band will start with Edward Gregson’s Festivo and move on to Rossini’s Introduction Theme and Variation, with a clarinet solo by Sarah Shively. A sophomore music major from Council Bluffs, Iowa, Shively is this year’s recipient of the Ritsema Family Music Scholarship.

Also on the program will be Fugue in C and Country Band March, both written by Charles Ives; Robert Russell Bennett’s Suite of Old American Dances; and Mark Camphouse’s Yosemite Autumn, inspired by Yosemite National Park. The concert will end with English Dances, written by Malcolm Arnold.

“The concert will have a great variety of interesting and exciting works,” says the band’s director, Dr. Timothy McGarvey. “The dances have wonderful energy which really engages listeners.”

McGarvey, an associate professor of music at Northwestern, joined the faculty in 1989. He received the Northwestern Teaching Excellence Award in 1994. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. McGarvey also earned a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting at Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in music education at Taylor University in Indiana.