Tolkienesque preludes and pieces by Russian composers highlighted the Mystics and Sorcerers concert performed by the University of Montana Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Thursday evening at the Dennison Theatre, Feb. 22, 2020.

The concert hosted musical pieces from the movies "The Hobbit" and Disney's "Fantasia." James Smart, University of Montana Director of Trumpets and Band, said the symphonies played recognizable songs at the concert.

"These pieces that we're playing are well known by everybody from the orchestral literature," Smart said. "It's an exciting opportunity for the band world to be exposed to this music, it's not watered down at all, it's legitimate."

Some of the pieces performed came from Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The symphony performed songs from the late composer's ballet "The Firebird."

Pieces from German composer Carl Orff's cantata "Carmina Burana" were also performed. University of Montana music education student Jacob Logan sang Ego Sum Abbas from the cantata. 

"It's about this guy saying that he is the Abba," Logan said. "A self-proclamation about who he is, and anybody who comes into his tavern is going to leave sad and woeful."

The University of Montana school of music will have 25 upcoming performances in March.