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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Penn Central Wind Band will present a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 21, in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Bucknell University.
Conducted by Bucknell professor of music William Kenny, the band will give the first performance of a new version of Patrick Long's Concerto for Violin and Wind Ensemble, featuring Jennifer Sacher Wiley performing on violin and electric violin. Composed during the spring of 2006, this piece was originally a concerto for saxophone; Long worked with Sacher Wiley to create this new version. The concert also will include music by Frank Ticheli, Samuel Barber, Percy Grainger, and Malcolm Arnold.
A graduate of Syracuse University and the Eastman School of Music, Long is the composer of more than 70 works, many of which have been commissioned by notable performers and performed numerous times around the United States. His music appears on five commercially available compact discs, and has been presented at numerous contemporary music festivals, conferences and concert series, including the Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the U.S. National Conference, the Society of Composers Inc. National Conference, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, the American Vanguard Festival (Carlisle, Pa.), the Image, Movement, Sound Festival (Rochester, N.Y.), the Indiana State University New Music Festival, the Imagine New Music Festival (Memphis, Tenn.), the Brave New Works Festival (Ann Arbor, Mich.) the Contemporary Music Forum (Washington, D.C.) and many others. He teaches music composition, theory and music technology at Susquehanna University.
Violin soloist Sacher Wiley is associate professor of strings and director of the Susquehanna University Orchestra in Selinsgrove, a position she assumed in the fall of 1997. Since moving to Pennsylvania, she has maintained an active performing schedule as soloist with the Central Pennsylvania Orchestra, Susquehanna Valley Chorale, and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. She also performs chamber music regularly with faculty from Bucknell University and Lycoming College as well as with her colleagues at Susquehanna University. She has collaborated with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, and the Ames Piano Quartet.
The Penn Central Wind Band is an all-volunteer organization based in Lewisburg sponsored by Bucknell as a service to the region. Its members come from some 20 towns and cities from the surrounding area. Thirty of the band's members hold music degrees, and many are active music teachers and professional performers. The band is a recent recipient of the Sudler Silver Scroll-an award administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation "recognizing community and adult concert bands of outstanding musical excellence."
The PCWB presented its first concert during the summer of 1994, and has since performed many of the cornerstone works of the band repertoire. The ensemble also draws upon great music from the Golden Age of the concert band, performing marches and orchestral transcriptions of such composers as Sousa, Suppé, Henry Fillmore, and Karl King. The band has been selected by audition to perform for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference, and the national convention of the Association of Concert Bands.