2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, and Lander University assistant professor of music Dr. Reed Gallo isn’t one to let such an event pass without notice.
The Tuesday, Oct. 22, concert by Lander’s Wind Ensemble, which Gallo directs, will feature two selections by the great Romantic composer — the overture to Verdi’s opera Nabucco, as well as a lesser-known work, “Laudi Alla Vergine Maria.”
Like Verdi, German composer Richard Wagner, born the same year, is famed for his operas, and “Invocation of Alberich,” from Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold, will also be included in the performance, which begins at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium.
The inclusion of “Esprit de Corps,” by American composer Robert Jager; “From Maine to Oregon,” by American composer John Philip Sousa; and “Second Suite in F for Military Band,” by English composer Gustav Holst, means that music with a martial character will be in evidence, too.
The ensemble has a new, strong flutist, in the person of Michelle Smith, a freshman music major from Cheraw. She will be featured in an unusual arrangement of “God of Our Fathers,” the well-known 19th-century hymn.
In keeping with the season, American composer Eric Whitacre’s masterpiece, “October,” will be included in the program as well. “That one’s a lot of fun,” Gallo said.
Gallo invited area music enthusiasts to hear his players “performing at a very high level.”
The concert is free and open to the public.