MTSU Wind Ensemble Concerts Feature the Music of Copland, Shostakovich and Brooks

The MTSU Wind Ensemble will present two concerts featuring the music of Aaron Copland and Dmitri Shostakovich March 15 and 16, as well as a world premier by Jeffrey Brooks.

The concerts are scheduled for Thursday, March 15, at the First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro and Friday, March 16,in Hinton Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building. Each free performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” will be performed first; the opening theme of this piece has gained national recognition by being adapted to music performed by such varied greats as Woody Herman and the Rolling Stones. Emerson, Lake & Palmer also recorded a rock version in the late 1970s.

Copland’s music also has become widely known through its use in popular commercials for the American beef industry.

Shostakovich is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. His “Festive Overture, opus 96”was the theme music for the 1980 Summer Olympics, while “Opus 76a – Finale”was played while the cauldron was lit at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

For more MTSU School of Music concert information, call 615-898-2493 or visit and click on the "Concert Calendar" link.