College of Central Florida Wind Symphony and Choral Ensemble will present a free fall concert on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. The Choral Ensemble will present music consisting of well-known folk songs and modern techniques, while the Wind Symphony will perform five pieces of music.
“I have no doubts that this concert will have people talking about our amazing music department for a long time,” said John D. Ash, associate professor of Music and director of the Wind Symphony.
Ash is the director of Bands for CF and has taught music education since 1998 as a high school band director and music teacher. He has received numerous awards, accolades, and nominations, ranging from the Lee County Fine Arts Teacher of the Year, to having several groups perform in state championship performances, and multitudes of other performances. He has performed as the principal tuba for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, East Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble, Classic Brass Quintet, Emerald Coast Brass Quintet and Virginia Wind Symphony.
“The students have been working very hard on a very unique and varied program of music. I am confident the audience is going to have a fantastic evening,” said Jason Longtin, associate professor of Music and director of the Choral Ensembles.
Longtin is a National Board Certified Teacher, been involved in musical theatre production for 20 years and taught at Lyman High School (Longwood), at Crystal River High School, and at Florida Virtual School. Choirs under his direction have performed throughout the United States, Italy and Switzerland. As a composer, his music has been performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. Longtin has served on the State Board of the Florida Vocal Association.
Doors open to the public 30 minutes before these Visual and Performing Arts performances. Tickets are not required. For more information, call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810.