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BSU wind ensemble to perform Ojibwe-inspired piece Friday

BEMIDJI -- In celebration of BSU's 100-year anniversary, the wind ensemble will present "Ningabii'anose," the centennial fanfare composed by Robert Thurston, at a pre-concert event on Friday, Feb. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Comple...

BEMIDJI -- In celebration of BSU's 100-year anniversary, the wind ensemble will present “Ningabii’anose,” the centennial fanfare composed by Robert Thurston, at a pre-concert event on Friday, Feb. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex Main Theater.

Scott Guidry, assistant professor and director of bands at BSU, commissioned the piece when the ensemble was invited to perform at the 2019 Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic on Thursday, Feb. 14. Friday’s pre-concert will showcase the composition to the Bemidji community.

“It is an exhilarating, breathtaking musical statement that will bring the house down,” Guidry said.

When the composition was complete, it was originally titled “Bemidji State University Centennial Fanfare.” Upon listening to and playing the piece, students told Guidry that it sounded like ice crystals in mid-air. Guidry worked with Anton Treuer, professor of languages and ethnic studies and indigenous studies at BSU and the American Indian Resource Center to translate “icicles in mid-air” into the Ojibwe language. The final translation was Ningabii’anose.

The BSU wind ensemble will also perform the highlight piece of Bemidji State's 50th anniversary in 1969, “The Solitary Dancer” composed by Warren Benson in 1966.

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The pre-concert is free and open to the public.

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