Pack a picnic for outdoor twilight concerts at Emory

By Emma Yarbrough | Arts at Emory | July 3, 2013

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The Emory Summer Band will perform popular classics at outdoor concerts July 11 and July 18. Photo by Tom Brodnax.

Warm summer evenings are enriched with light, musical fare and family picnics at the 2013 Twilight Concerts, presented by the Emory Summer Concert Band under the direction of Scott Stewart, director of wind studies at Emory University. This year, these free concerts take place Thursday, July 11 and Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m. in the Jenkins Courtyard of the Goizueta Business School.

"During the school year, the Emory Wind Ensemble presents concerts of varied repertoire designed to be played in and listened to in a concert hall,"explains Stewart. "From my point of view, the outdoor band concerts complete the circle in honoring the heritage of the American concert band which emanates from outdoor music-making."

The Twilight Concert repertoire, modeled after the varied fare of these turn of the century concert bands, includes light wind band classics, classical transcriptions, marches, folk songs, and musical theater, all in the space of an hour. Among this year's musical selections are "Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna" overture by Franz von Suppe, "Bugler's Holiday" for 12 trumpets by Leroy Anderson, a handful of peppy marches, and a salute to film composer John Williams with music from "Far and Away," "Midway," and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."