WFSO does Hollywood

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Music Director Fouad Fakhouri, brings an exciting evening of Hollywood film music to the stage. Enjoy hits from John Williams, the James Bond films, and other favorite movie themes including Superman March, Pirates of the Caribbean, Last of the Mohicans, and The Magnificent Seven.

When: January 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

WFSO does Hollywood
Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra
Williams: “Flight to Neverland” from Hook
Williams: Superman March
Zimmer: Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Lalo Schifrin: Mission Impossible
Williams: “Closing In” from Catch Me if you Can, with soloist Andrew Allen
Trevor Jones: Last of the Mohicans
Morricone: Cinema Paradiso
Mancini: Moon River
Bernstein: The Magnificent Seven
Barry: The Best of Bond

Where: Memorial Auditorium

Andrew J. Allen is “a master of all sizes of saxophone.” (The Instrumentalist, April 2018) In response to his recent New York solo debut, the Examiner opined that he had “performed brilliantly,” and the Wichita Falls Times-Record News has praised the "savory warmth” of his tone, while The Saxophonist has lauded his "virtuosic saxophone performance."   In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Allen has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Croatia. More than twenty works have been commissioned and premiered by him from such composers as François Rossé, Robert Lemay, Fang Man, Jesse Jones, Greg Simon, and Jay Batzner. His first album, recorded w

ith percussionist Gordon Hicken, is now available through Equilibrium Recordings.

Allen has received accolades as a quarter-finalist of both the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition.  As an ensemble musician, he has performed with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. He currently serves as principal saxophonist of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, and present chamber ensemble activities include the percussion and saxophone group Rogue Two, the flute and saxophone ensemble The Allen Duo, and SAGA Quartet. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Midwestern State University Wind Ensemble, the Midwestern State University Percussion Ensemble, and the Oklahoma State University Chamber Orchestra.  Equally adept as a jazz saxophonist, Allen has served as a sideman with Gary Foster, Byron Stripling, Jeff Coffin, R&B luminaries The Temptations, and country music legend Ronnie Milsap.

 Allen is one of the most active researchers and public pedagogues of the saxophone today.  His articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist, Teaching Music, The Saxophone SymposiumSaxophone Today, The NACWPI JournalJazzEd, and School Band and Orchestra , among many other publications.  Allen has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, and has presented clinics at music education conferences throughout the country, including the Texas Music Education Association Convention.  He is editor of the NACWPI Journal and serves on the editorial board of The Saxophone Symposium.

 Andrew J. Allen is an assistant professor of music at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.  He has previously served on the faculties of Claflin University and Valley City State University, and he holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina.  His primary teachers include Phil Barham, John Nichol, and Clifford Leaman, and he has received additional instruction from Joseph Lulloff at the Brevard Music Center, and Claude Delangle, Vincent David, and Arno Bornkamp at the European University of Saxophone.  Allen is a Conn-Selmer Artist-Clinician and a Vandoren Performing Artist and he performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds, and ligatures.


Enjoy these "Top Ten" fun facts about WFSO Does Hollywood!

Did you know Hans Zimmer has composed music for over 100 films? Check them out here

Here is a performance of Hans Zimmer's adventurous score from Pirates of the Caribbean!

See John Williams conduct his thrilling score "Flight to Neverland" from the film Hook!

"The name's Bond, James Bond." Watch the theme here!   

Here is John Williams conducting his iconic Superman March!  Wow!

Enjoy this short read on accomplished film composer John Williams.

The mischievous music from the film Catch Me If You Can is another hit from beloved film composer John Williams. Check out the title sequence from that film below!

Lalo Schifrin, composer of the Mission Impossible theme, in action!

Learn more about Leonard Bernstein here!