Elon 'Phoenix Winds' Wind Ensemble to present wind music from around the world on Nov. 16

The “Phoenix Winds” fall concert will feature outstanding works for wind band from around the world and feature internationally awarded timpanist David Constantine.

The “Phoenix Winds” fall concert on Nov. 16 will feature outstanding works for wind band from around the world.

The program will include a variety of works including pieces from Russian composer Aram Khachaturian and Japanese composer Yo Goto, as well as legendary French composer Darius Milhaud’s “Suite Francaise,” Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’s exciting Danzon No. 2, and two special works of Chinese folk music rarely heard in the United States. The Chinese pieces represent two of the world’s most famous folksongs, “Happy News From Beijing Comes to Border Villages,” and “The Lovesong of Kangding.” “The Lovesong of Kangding” is listed in the top 10 of UNESCO’s rankings of the world’s best folksongs, and was chosen by NASA to be included on the soundtrack of the Voyager II space probe.

The concert will also feature world-class timpanist and member of the Unites States “President’s Own” Marine Band, David Constantine, on Lee Actor’s “Concerto for Timpani and Band.”

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in McCrary Theatre.