TERRE HAUTE -- The Indiana State University Performing Arts Series, sponsored by First Financial Bank, is teaming up with the Terre Haute Community Band to launch the 2013 Year of the River activities with a concert.
Focusing on a river theme, the concert, "Back Home Again," will take place Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m., in the University Hall Theatre, located in the Bayh College of Education building on the campus of Indiana State University.
The concert will feature the premiere of two new band arrangements, commissioned by the Terre Haute Community Band.
ISU Emeritus Professor of Horn David Watkins is composing a new arrangement of "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," Indiana's state song composed by Terre Haute native Paul Dresser.
Published in 1897, "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," was among the best-selling songs of the 19th century, earning more than $100,000 from sheet-music revenues.
The lyrics of the ballad reminisce about life near Dresser's childhood home by the Wabash River in Terre Haute.
The song remained popular for decades and the Indiana General Assembly adopted it as the official state song on March 14, 1913.
Associate Professor of Music at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods John McIntyre was also commissioned to create a new arrangement of "Back Home Again in Indiana," composed by Ballard MacDonald and James F. Hanley, and first published in January 1917.
While it is not the official state song of Indiana, it may be the best-known song paying tribute to the Hoosier State.
The tune was introduced as a Tin Pan Alley pop song of the time and since 1946, it has been an annual tradition for the chorus of the song to be performed at the Indianapolis 500.
Works by Indiana composers and music identified with rivers will also be featured at the concert.
A medley, "Cole Porter and Broadway," and Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust," show famous Indiana composers at their musical best.
Some other selections included may be considered as representative of famous rivers, including "The Moldau," by Bedrich Smetana, and "American Riversongs," by Pierre La Plante.
Conducting the Terre Haute Community Band is Yvonne Newlin, recently retired from her full-tie position as Performing Arts Coordinator in the music department at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill.
Doors for the show will open at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10, and may be purchased from the Hulman Center Ticket Office, ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.