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Wind Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Reiner Hobe

Ohio Northern University’s Wind Orchestra will present its Music of the Third Millennium concert in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. The performance will feature German guest conductor Reiner Hobe.

“Every concert, every year that I’ve been here continues to get better and better, and this performance is no exception,” said Thomas A. Hunt, music department chair and director of the ONU Wind Orchestra. “This is a difficult program. We have a young, but talented and enthusiastic group.”

As guest conductor, Hobe will lead the ONU Wind Orchestra in David R. Gillingham’s “Symphony No. 2 ‘Genesis,’” a programmatic piece based on the first nine chapters of Genesis divided into five movements. The group also will perform Belgian composer Bert Appermont’s “Noah’s Ark.”

Hobe is the conductor of the Kammerorchester Tettnang and also leads the municipal wind bands in Friedrichshafen and Wangen in southern Germany. He appears frequently as the guest conductor of prestigious professional groups such as the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie. In 2007, Hobe won second prize in the International Conducting Competition in Budapest. He received his conducting training under Felix Hauswirth at the Musikakademie in Basel, Switzerland.

Hunt will conduct the remainder of the program. Under Hunt’s direction, the wind orchestra will perform Emmy Award-winner Julie Giroux’s “A Symphony of Fables,”a five-movement descriptive piece, accompanied by poster illustrations of timeless fables and narration by Nils Riess, chair of ONU’s Department of Communications Arts. The wind orchestra also will perform the non-programmatic four-movement piece “Essays for Trumpet”by Gary Ziek, featuring trumpet solos byTyler Graves, a senior music performance major from Wickliffe, Ohio.

“Graves is everything you want in a student,” Hunt said. “Because of his work ethic, he is a leader in the music department and is respected by the faculty. Plus, he’s a terrific trumpet player, and this is a great opportunity for him to show his talent in his last year.”

Finishing out the program, the orchestra will play Steven Bryant’s “Radiant Joy.”

On sale now, tickets for Music of the Third Millennium are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and non-ONU students, $9 for children, and $5 for ONU students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at www.onu.edu/freed