Enjoy summer music at Twilight Concerts

By Emma Yarbrough | Emory Report | July 11, 2012

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The Emory Summer Band will perform popular classics at outdoor concerts July 12 and July 19. Photo by Tom Brodnax.

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As the sun goes down on a warm summer day, come visit Emory University and enjoy light, summer musical fare with the 2012 Twilight Concerts. Presented by the Emory Summer Concert Band and Scott Stewart, Emory's director of wind studies, these free concerts take place Thursdays, July 12 and July 19, at 8 p.m. in the Jenkins Courtyard of the Goizueta Business School.

The Twilight Concerts feature classical orchestral transcriptions, marches, dances, folk songs, medleys from musicals and popular song, and original wind band music, all in the space of an hour.

This year's line-up includes:

  • Classical favorites such as "Light Cavalry Overture" by Franz Suppe and "Danse Bacchanale" from "Samson and Delilah" by Camille Saint-Saens.
  • Ethnic flair in Jacques Press's Yiddish "Wedding Dance" and Alfred Reed's "El Camino Real."
  • Marches and original wind ensemble music, such as Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Sea Songs," Malcolm Arnold's "Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo," and "Suite of Old American Dances" by Robert Russell Bennett.  
  • An Olympics salute, including John Williams' "Summon the Heroes," and other summer tunes.

"We model our concerts after the entertaining concerts of the Sousa Band and other professional touring groups of the 1880s-1920s, but infuse the programs with both ‘popular' and ‘concert' music, played at a high level," says Stewart.

Both performances are free and open to the public with free parking next door in the Fishburne Parking Deck. For more information visit www.arts.emory.edu or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050.