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MSU Bonus Day concert set Feb. 29

February 20, 2012

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The Montana State University School of Music will present a free concert of symphonic band music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Reynolds Recital Hall.

The concert has been dubbed "Bonus Day," because it falls on the one day added to the calendar every four years to account for leap year.

The University Band will begin the performance with several recent compositions written for concert including two by Montana residents. The pieces include a new composition, "Facing the Rising Sun," followed by the audience favorite, "Rollo Takes a Walk." A variety of non-traditional band instruments will be featured, including African drums and kazoos.

The MSU Wind Symphony will perform several works from the most famous of wind band literature. The pieces include "Overture to Candide," by Leonard Bernstein; "March of the Belgian Paratroopers" by Pierre Leemans and "Suite in F" for band by Gustav Holst, a work very well known for clever compositional techniques and brilliant orchestration.

The bands are lead by Nathan Stark, visiting director of bands, who also directs the Spirit of the West Marching Band.

Whitney Salo (406) 994-3562,