Thursday, April 15, 2010

UW Wind Symphony performs April 18

From a UW press release:

Proclaimed as the top band at the University of Wyoming, the Wind Symphony will perform a free concert Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center concert hall in Laramie. Michael Griffith and Brad Williamson are the guest conductors.

The concert will open with a classic American march, "The Southerner," by Russell Alexander followed by "Invocation of Alberich," a tone poem based on themes from Richard Wagner's "Ring of the Nibelung" saga. Next is William Schuman's "New England Triptych," taken from the first collection of music composed entirely by an American, William Billings.

Movements based on three Billings' hymns of the American Revolution including "Be Glad Then America, When Jesus Wept" and the unofficial national hymn of the American Revolution, "Chester," will conclude the first half.

Three short Shostakovich works taken from his piano and theatrical writing, the "Prelude," "Polka" and "Galop," will begin the second half.

"One of the major works in the band repertoire, ‘Fiesta del Pacifico' will make an exciting finale to the concert," Griffith says.

For more information, contact Griffith at (307) 766-3069 or