October 14, 2009

SSU Symphonic Winds Concert Offers Halloween Spooktacular!

The Sonoma State University Symphonic Winds, in its second year under the baton of Dr. Andy Collinsworth, presents its fall concert, Halloween Spooktacular! at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 in Evert B. Person Theatre. The music will reflect images of fantasy in keeping with the occasion, and audience members in costume will be admitted free of charge.

The concert features Daniel Bukvich's Voodoo, composed for the 1984 Idaho All-State Honor Band. Voodoo is derived from a conversation the composer had with his friend who was a missionary nun living in Guatemala. "She told me that the sounds of the jungle, at night time, reminded her of 'those old voodoo movies' they used to watch," he said. Many of these "sounds of the jungle" are imitated in Voodoo. The primary melodic material is loosely based on Bukvich's favorite Gregorian chant.

Also on the program will be Gandalf by Johan de Meij, Fantasia in G by J. S. Bach, Allerseelen (All Soul's Day) by Richard Strauss, The Vanished Army March by Kenneth Alford, and Symphonic Suite from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Patrick Doyle.

Andy Collinsworth is entering his second year as director of bands and music education at Sonoma State University, where his teaching duties include the university's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Clarinet Choir, String Orchestra, Instrumental Conducting, and Fundamentals of Music Theory.

Prior to his appointment at SSU, Dr. Collinsworth taught instrumental music for 18 years in various public schools. He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for throughout the West Coast.

Collinsworth currently serves as the Vice President of the California Band Directors Association and is Area I Co-Representative of the California Music Educators Association Bay Section.

Tickets are $12 general; $10 SSU faculty, alumni and staff; $8 seniors and students. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the School of Performing Arts (SPA) Box Office at (707) 664-2353. To buy tickets online, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/77228.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057