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‘Concert in the Park’ by Hendrix Wind Ensemble April 16

CONWAY, Ark. (April 3, 2018) — The Hendrix College Wind Ensemble will present a Concert in the Park Monday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. by the Butler Plaza Fountain near the center of campus. 

Building on the early 20th-century tradition of the park band concert, the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Hendrix Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Gretchen Renshaw James, will present a “New School” Concert in the Park featuring the music of living American composers Steven Bryant, John Mackey, David Biedenbender, and Christopher Theofanidis. 

“These composers represent the fresh, new voice that is popular in American wind band writing,” Renshaw James said. 

To pay homage to the park band tradition, the concert will close with the classic arrangement of “America the Beautiful” by Carmen Dragon and John Philip Sousa’s famous march The Stars and Stripes Forever.

In the event of rain, the concert will move inside nearby Staples Auditorium.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit