The Music Department at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is sponsoring two free music events in March, a concert by the Symphonic Band on March 14 and a saxophone recital by a guest performer on March 26.
Both are at 7:30 p.m. in Breedlove Auditorium and are open to the public.
March 14: Symphonic Band Concert
The UAFS Symphonic Band will perform selections ranging from classic repertoire to pastoral music to lively tunes, including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ most famous work for military band, “English Folk Song Suite,” and Pavel Tchesnokov’s sacred work titled “Salvation Is Created,” as well as other classic works from symphonic repertoire.
Directed by Dr. Alexandra Zacharella of Fort Smith, UAFS director of bands and assistant professor of low brass, the Symphonic Band performs two concerts each spring.
“Every year we try to present something different for the enjoyment of all music lovers in the Fort Smith area,” she said. “We hope this performance will lift people’s spirits and get them in the mood for spring and good times.”
The Symphonic Band’s next performance will be April 16 at the Fort Smith Convention Center as part of UAFS’s Season of Entertainment series.
For more information about the March 14 concert, contact Zacharella at 479-788-7972.
March 26: Guest Saxophonist Brent Bristow
Guest saxophonist on March 26 will be Dr. Brent Bristow of Arkansas State University-Beebe, who will travel to Fort Smith to perform a saxophone recital.
Bristow’s visit is hosted by Dr. David Carter of Fort Smith, UAFS assistant professor of clarinet and saxophone.
“This is a great opportunity for UAFS students and the Fort Smith community to hear a music professor from across the state,” Carter said.
Bristow is director of the Department of Music at Arkansas State University-Beebe, where he also serves as director of bands and associate professor of saxophone. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music in saxophone performance from Arkansas State University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Memphis.
He is a former member of the Memphis Saxophone Quartet and is currently a member of the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet. He is an active performing artist, conductor and clinician. Since joining the faculty at ASU-Beebe, he has been featured in performances in Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi and Washington, D.C.
For more information about the March 26 recital, contact Carter at 479-788-7544.