FAMU Wind Symphony Invited to Carnegie Hall

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Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s (FAMU) Wind Symphony is scheduled to make a ground-breaking performance at the legendary Carnegie Hall on March 29. The Wind Symphony is invited to perform a 30-minute set at 8:30 p.m. at the Stern Auditorium – Perelman Stage.

The group, believed to be the first classical ensemble from a historically Black college or university to play at the legendary venue in New York, will share the stage with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

“We are elated about the opportunity to perform on such an iconic stage,” said Shelby Chipman, FAMU’s director of symphonic bands, by news release. “Most of all, I am excited about what this means for our student musicians. This invitation proves to them that hard work and dedication truly pays off. Their remarkable talents are being noticed around the nation.”

During its Carnegie Hall debut, the group will perform Jack Stamp’s “Fanfare for a New Era”; John Williams and D. Hunsberger’s “Star Wars Trilogy”; Eric Whitacre’s “Cloudburst (edited)”; David Maslanka’s “Symphony No. 7, Mvt. III” and Bob Lowden’s “Dixieland Jam.”

A reception sponsored by alumni, the FAMU Foundation, and university supporters will be held after the concert. Proceeds will provide funds for scholarships, equipment, and other performance needs of the Department of Music. Funds are also needed to assist with travel costs.

For details, visit: www.famu.edu/carnegie.