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Winds of the Mountain Empire 
16th Annual Summer Concert

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"Home Grown"

Sunday, July 16th, 2023

4:00 PM

Union High School Auditorium

2 Champions Ave, Big Stone Gap, VA

Free admission!

The Winds of the Mountain Empire, a 55-piece concert band primarily comprised of music educators, will present its sixteenth annual summer concert in the auditorium of Union High School in Big Stone Gap, Virginia on Sunday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m.

The 2023 Winds of the Mountain Empire program is entitled “Home Grown” and celebrates new works for band composed primarily by musicians with connections to our region. The concert will feature world premiere performances of compositions by Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke (Sheer Dogged Stubbornness) and Dr. Donald Sorah (Equality, Justice, and Peace for All) (Canticle). Also included on the program are new works by Jason Bailey (Planet 411 and Beyond), Dan Boothe (In the Shadow of Pines), Dr. Jason Ladd (Trumpet Concerto, Movement III) featuring Dr. Randall Haynes as trumpet soloist, Frank Pugh (Beowulf Fantasy, Movement I) and Dr. Donald Sorah (Evolution).

The Winds of the Mountain Empire, founded by conductor Dr. Donald Sorah in 2006, is a professional wind ensemble primarily comprised of musicians from the southwest Virginia, northeast Tennessee, and southeast Kentucky regions that convenes each July for professional development and a culminating performance.

The concert will be presented free of charge, but donations to help sustain the longevity of the organization are gladly welcomed.


For more information, email Winds of the Mountain Empire at or search for Winds of the Mountain Empire on Facebook.

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