FAMU Wind Ensemble (126311)
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The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Wind Symphony is gearing up for a historic performance at Carnegie Hall later this month.

The Wind Symphony is performing a 30-minute set on Sunday, March 29 at 8:30 p.m. at the Stern Auditorium – Perelman Stage.

The performance marks the first appearance of a classical ensemble from a historically Black college or university (HBCU) at Carnegie Hall.

The symphony’s invitation is part of the Ensemble Spotlight Series. The group will share the stage with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, the featured company for the evening.

“The University is extremely proud of the great work of the students, faculty, and staff who have made this performance possible,” said President Dr. Elmira Mangum. “This historic invitation is reflective of FAMU’s legacy of excellence in music education and reveals the integral role the arts play in providing opportunities for our students.”

Under the leadership of Dr. Shelby Chipman, director of Symphonic Bands, the FAMU Wind Symphony will perform Jack Stamp’s “Fanfare for a New Era;” John Williams and D. Hunsberger’s “Star Wars Trilogy;” Eric Whitacre’s “Cloudburst;” David Maslanka’s “Symphony No. 7, Mvt. III;” and Bob Lowden’s “Dixieland Jam.”

We are elated about the opportunity to perform on such an iconic stage,” said Chipman. “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.”

A reception held in honor of the FAMU Wind Symphony will precede their Carnegie Hall performance. The reception is sponsored by alumni, the FAMU Foundation, and University supporters, and its proceeds will provide funds for scholarships, equipment, and other performance needs of the Department of Music. Funds are also needed to assist with travel costs.

Those interested in attending the performance, reception, or making a donation may visit www.famu.edu/carnegie for more information.