Piece written in honor of band conductor’s late daughter

“Serenity,” a composition written in honor of the late daughter of Dr. Robert J. Cesario, band conductor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, will debut at a concert on the campus later this week.

The Missouri S&T Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets in Rolla.

Cesario’s daughter, Anna, died from ovarian cancer in 2009, after more than five years battling the disease.

“Serenity” was written by Jason K. Nitsch, associate director of bands at Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas. Nitsch will speak at 7 p.m., prior to the concert.

The combined brass section of both bands will begin with “Fanfare for Brass Choir” by Nitsch. The Symphonic Band will continue with works by John O’Reilly, J. Pachelbel, Rick Kirby and Jerry Brubaker.

After a brief intermission, the Wind Symphony will take the stage with “Olympic Fireworks,” by David Stanhope, followed by “Serenity.” It will conclude with “An American Elegy,” composed by Frank Ticheli to honor those who died at Columbine High School, and a piece by William Bolcom.

Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for Missouri S&T students. Tickets are available at the door prior to the performance or from the Leach Theatre Box Office, located in the vestibule inside the main entrance to Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, facing 10th Street. Box office hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For additional information about Missouri S&T bands, email Cesario at cesarior@mst.edu or call the university’s performing arts office at 573-341-4185.
Piece written in honor of band conductor’s late daughter