7:30 PM19:30

Rhapsody and Fantasias

Rhapsody and Fantasias

featuring pianist Marc Sanders and composer in residence James D’Angelo

D’Angelo/arr. Ward - Fantasia on a Theme of Hindemith
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Rachmaninoff - Rhaspody on a Theme of Paganini

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3:00 PM15:00

Spring Concert

Dukas - Fanfare “La Peri”
Brahms - Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Vaughan Williams - Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’

Three Planets
Holst - Mars from The Planets
Etezady - Diamond Rain
Holst - Jupiter from The Planets

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7:30 PM19:30

Tri-College Concerto/Aria concert

  • Cullen Auditorium, Abilene Christian University (map)
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Featuring the winners of the biennial Tri-College Concerto/Aria Competition


Three Marches
Saint-Saëns Marche Militaire Française
Gounod Funeral March of a Marionette
Berlioz Hungarian March

Ibert Larghetto-Animato molto from Concertino da camera
Daniel Ayala, alto saxophone

Rosauro Despedida from Concerto No. 1 for marimba
Tres Perkins, marimba

Borodin Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor

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7:30 PM19:30

Bernstein Celebration!

The COA joins artists all over the world in celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Overture to Candide
Overture and Scenes from Wonderful Town
"Lamentation" from Jeremiah Symphony
      Lynette Chambers, mezzo soprano
Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
      Kristin Ward, clarinet
Selections from West Side Story

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3:00 PM15:00

Frank Ticheli, in residence!

renown American composer Frank Ticheli, in residence!

J.S. Bach/arr. Stokowski   Prelude in B minor
Bernard Scherr                 Veni Creator Spiritus (world premiere)
William Schuman              New England Triptych
II. When Jesus Wept
                                                 III. Chester
Frank Ticheli                     Angels in the Architecture
                                                Lynette Chambers, soprano

Frank Ticheli



Frank Ticheli's music has been described as being "optimistic and thoughtful" (Los Angeles Times), "lean and muscular" (New York Times), "brilliantly effective" (Miami Herald) and "powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel).  Ticheli (b. 1958) joined the faculty of the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition.  From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony.

Frank Ticheli's orchestral works have received considerable recognition in the U.S. and Europe. Orchestral performances have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Saarbruecken, and Austria, and the orchestras of Austin, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Colorado, Haddonfield, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Jacksonville, Lansing, Long Island, Louisville, Lubbock, Memphis, Nashville, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland, Richmond, San Antonio, San Jose, Wichita Falls, and others.

Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. In addition to composing, he has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world, including Schladming (Austria), Beijing and Shanghai, London and Manchester, Singapore, Rome, Sydney, and numerous cities in Japan.

Frank Ticheli is the recipient of a 2012 "Arts and Letters Award" from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, his third award from that prestigious organization. His Symphony No. 2 was named winner of the 2006 NBA/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. Other awards include the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize and First Prize awards in the Texas Sesquicentennial Orchestral Composition Competition, Britten-on-the-Bay Choral Composition Contest, and Virginia CBDNA Symposium for New Band Music.

Ticheli was awarded national honorary membership to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, "bestowed to individuals who have significantly contributed to the cause of music in America," and the A. Austin Harding Award by the American School Band Directors Association, "given to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the school band movement in America." At USC, he has received the Virginia Ramo Award for excellence in teaching, and the Dean's Award for Professional Achievement.

Frank Ticheli received his doctoral and masters degrees in composition from The University of Michigan. His works are published by Manhattan Beach, Southern, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Albany, Chandos, Clarion, Equilibrium, Klavier, Koch International, Mark, Naxos, and Reference.

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2:30 PM14:30

Pied Piper Fantasy and other stories

featuring guest artist, flutist Richard Sherman, and narrator Paul Piersall

Community Partner - National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

Sibelius          Pan and Echo
Prokofiev       Peter and the Wolf
Corigliano      Pied Piper Fantasy

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman is professor of flute at the Michigan State University College of Music.

Active as a soloist, orchestral musician, and recitalist, he is a dynamic performer of outstanding dramatic power. He received a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, a master of music degree from Northwestern University, and had postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music in London. Sherman is former principal flute with the Rochester (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra, and is principal flute with the Chautauqua (New York) Symphony Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He has given performances with the Chicago Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony and the Toronto Symphony. He has performed as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and Chautauqua Symphony, among others. Sherman is the recipient of an ITT International Fellowship, and the Henri Cohn Memorial Prize at Tanglewood for most outstanding fellowship student. He has given master classes throughout the country, including Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, and Youngstown State University. He has given master classes/recitals at the Sydney Conservatory in Sydney, Australia, and at the Queensland Conservatory in Brisbane, Australia. His recordings with pianist Ralph Votapek, Flute Sonatas and American Landscape, are released on Summit Records. The French Album, with pianist Kimberly Schmidt, was released in January 2006 to critical acclaim. Fanfare's Jerry Dubin writes: "I cannot imagine any of this music being more beautifully or lovingly played than it is here..." Sherman's most recent album, French Album II, Homage to Pedagogy, with pianist Ralph Votapek, was released on the Blue Griffin Recording label in 2012.

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7:30 PM19:30

Halloween Concert!

  • Hardin Simmons University, Behrens Auditorium (map)
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Halloween Concert! with Rick Piersall & Kristin Ward

Berlioz         "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie Fantastique
Dvorák         The Noonday Witch, Op. 108
Howard        Suite from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hermann      Psycho Prelude
Sondheim     "My Friends" and "Epiphany" from Sweeney Todd 
                               featuring Dr. Rick Piersall and Kristin Ward
Francis          Dreams of a Psychopath


Our COMMUNITY PARTNER is BELLA'S BAKERY. Free cookie when you come in the door and cookies for sale!

Free candy at intermission!

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7:30 PM19:30

COA Fall Concert

Joint concert with the Abilene and Cooper HS Orchestras!

  • Strauss - Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare
  • Dvorak - Carnival Overture
  • McKee - Vigil (World Premiere Performance)
  • Husa - Notturno from 4 Pieces for Strings (combined strings with AISD)
  • Shostakovich - Finale from Symphony No. 5 (combined strings with AISD)

Featured Abilene charity for this concert is Revolution.

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