American Originals

University of the Incarnate Word Concert Hall

Celebrating American Composers

Wednesday, July 4th

3:00 PM CST

4301 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209

Independence Day is an opportunity to celebrate all things American.  At 3:00 PM on Wednesday July 4th, the Heart of Texas Concert Band will perform a program in the concert hall in the Luella Bennack Music Center at the University of the Incarnate Word that will celebrate the music of past and living American composers.

San Antonio native Ricardo Gandarilla will perform the first movement of the Tuba Concerto by University of Kansas composer James Barnes.

Guest conductor Brett Richardson will conduct excerpts from Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize winning ballet “Appalachian Spring,” and vocalist Elizabeth Failing will sing two songs by George and Ira Gershwin.

The program will also include music of John Philip Sousa, Henry Fillmore, a tribute to the armed forces, a medley of tunes by Henry Mancini and a tribute to the national cemetery at Arlington, the resting place of America’s fallen heroes. Please plan to join conductors Mark Rogers and Mike Olson for this wonderful program of American music.

Celebrate Independence Day at TBA - July 4, 2018

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University of the Incarnate Word Concert Hall

4301 Broadway St

San Antonio, TX 78209

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Brett Richardson

Guest Conductor

Dr. Brett A. Richardson serves as the Coordinator of Music Education/Director of Bands, Instrumental Area Coordinator, and an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word where he teaches courses within the music education curriculum, conducts the Wind Ensemble, directs the Marching Cardinals, and administers all facets of the UIW Band program.