On March 25, 2014, the A&M-Commerce Wind Ensemble and Chorale performed at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
It was the world premiere of a piece the university commissioned from composer James Syler. Syler’s piece, “The Temptation of St. Anthony,” was inspired by the life of the third century hermit Anthony of Egypt, famous for his dramatic accounts of torment and temptation. This was the wind ensemble and chorale’s second collaboration with Syler after their performance of his “Symphony No. 1 ‘Blue’” at Carnegie Hall in 2012. That performance was also a world premiere of Syler’s work.