Members of the community have two opportunities to hear the music of DePauw School of Music professor of trombone James A. Beckel Jr., when the University Band and the University Orchestra feature music composed by Beckel in back-to-back concerts. The two performances -- in the Green Center for the Performing Arts' Kresge Auditorium -- will be given on Sunday, November 23 at 3 p.m. and on Monday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m.
This weekend, when Craig Paré leads the University Band in the ensemble’s last concert of the fall semester, Robert Danforth, DePauw music professor and principal horn of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, will be the featured soloist on Beckel’s Pulitzer Prize–nominated concerto for horn, The Glass Bead Game. The critically acclaimed work, now considered a part of the standard horn repertoire, is loosely based on the Herman Hesse novel of the same name. Samuel Barber’s Commando March, his first piece for band, is also on Sunday’s program, along with Ron Nelson’s Lauds and Frank Ticheli’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace.” Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry and redeem that item for a free concert ticket.