Known primarily as an arranger and orchestrator of Broadway musicals, Robert Russell Bennett played an important role in the development of music for the wind band during the 1950's and 1960's, providing the repertoire with eleven original compositions and numerous concert arrangements of Broadway shows, including Porgy and Bess, The King and I, Carousel Waltzes, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Funny Girl and The Sound of Music. He was also involved, with Richard Rodgers in the soundtrack to the 191152-53 documentary television series Victory at Sea.
The Wind Symphony's program will include the Suite of Old American Dances (1950) and the Symphonic Songs for Band (1958), the Four Preludes (1974) and Victory at Sea. The Suite of Old American Dances is a recollection of characteristic dances remembered from his childhood. The Symphonic Songs is a suite of three movements that are as much dance as song, possessing a remarkably light and entertaining quality. The Four Preludes are musical tribute to four composers with whom her closely associated - George Gershwin, Vincent Youmans, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern.
The concert is open to the public free of charge in the Department of Music Recital Hall on the main campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio.