SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Musicians to Present “A Divine Comedy”

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 23, 2018) — The Symphonic Wind Ensemble at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present a musical rendition of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” as well as Alfred Reed’s “Punchinello: Overture to a Romantic Comedy” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.

The concert’s main piece, Robert W. Smith’s “The Divine Comedy” is a four-movement work with each movement corresponding to the sections of Dante’s famous literary classic. Listeners will experience “The Inferno,” “Purgatorio,” “The Ascension,” and “Paradiso” on a musical journey through Dante’s perception of the afterlife. The descent into hell is portrayed through enormous crescendos, violent percussion and loud, towering blocks of sound, while the ascent into heaven is led by a horn motif climaxing with a trumpet solo and dramatic crescendo to the final note.

Reed’s “Punchinello: A Romantic Overture” is not based on any specific play or story but is a traditional three-part overture. Using all the resources of the modern wind ensemble, it was first performed in 1973 and is part of Reed’s 250 symphonies and other works for band. Reed was a former faculty member at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

General admission tickets are $10, student and staff tickets are $5. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 941-752-5252.

The Divine Comedy

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