A concert will be held on Sunday, November 4, at 4 p.m. in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Marywood University. Admission is free.
The program will feature the 94-member wind ensemble performing works by prize-winning contemporary composers who have helped define their careers by writing for winds and percussion. In addition, the newly formed Marywood Chamber Winds will open the concert with Gustav Holst's transcription of a J.S. Bach fugue. The Chamber Winds is a smaller select group with flexible instrumentation comprised primarily of Marywood students from all disciplines.
Two Marywood University artist faculty members (David Jumper on trumpet and Todd Hunter on trombone) will perform Joseph Turrin's Fandango. This duet with Wind Ensemble was written for Philip Smith and Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic.
The program will close with David Maslanka's Give Us This Day. This short symphony for Wind Ensemble is a technical and expressive challenge for the most accomplished groups and I am pleased with the work our students are doing to prepare. The two movements have deeply serious symphonic character. Give Us This Day ends with a modal setting of a Bach chorale. Many musicians feel Bach had the ability to write complex musical structures that possessed a profound spirituality – a common goal for today's contemporary band composers and his music provides fitting "bookends" for our concert.
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