The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Wind Symphony is scheduled to make a ground-breaking performance at Carnegie Hall on March 29. 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. “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 pay 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 prior to the concert. Its proceeds will provide funds for scholarships, equipment, and other performance needs of the Department of Music.
For details, visit www.famu.edu/carnegie.