We’re in the thick of the Columbia Wind Ensemble Fall 2010 season. Please keep reading for information on the CUWE’s fall 2010 concerts: “Transformations” on 10/17/10, and “Magic & Mystery” on 11/21/10. Also on the radar is the Westchester County Arts Leadership Association band reading session on 11/2/10. Enjoy a look at some great repertoire!
Columbia University Wind Ensemble Fall 2010
**One special note about this season: given the 12 seniors we have in the band this year, I’ve decided to spread out the usual Senior Choices throughout the entire season. So each concert will have a handful of senior contributions, rounded out by own picks. Senior picks will be noted, and any that aren’t are my choices.**
MAGIC & MYSTERY – November 21, 2010
This set is a study of the mystical. The obvious star of the show is Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, but the others present equally compelling looks at the mysterious. De Meij’s Gandalf presents a musical characterization of the famous grey wizard from Lord of the Rings. Thompson’s Alleluia is an appeal to a higher power at a time of great darkness and uncertainty. Nelson’s Homage to Machaut pays tribute to the medieval vocal master – I find that both Nelson’s and Machaut’s works possess an other-wordly quality. Weinberger’s Schwanda explores the mystical powers of music through truly out-of-this-world counterpoint. All of them shine a light on a mysterious place.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, arr. Frank Winterbottom (for clarinetist [formerly bass] and world traveler Alicia Samuel)
Note: Pagan Dances by James Barnes hasn’t disappeared completely. Look forward to hearing that at the 3rd annual Columbia Festival of Winds on 3/6/2011. Also for that event, you’ll want to be ready with Sousa’s Washington Post March, which will be our massed piece at the end of the afternoon.
TRANSFORMATIONS – October 17, 2010
This concert looks at music that somehow experiences change in the course of a piece. Obviously this would be true of a theme and variation (Variants) or what amounts to a Gilbert & Sullivan mashup (Pineapple Poll). But change is in the air as Holsinger gives a melody his treatment (On an American Spiritual), Ticheli puts cataclysm in music (Vesuvius), and most subtly as John Barnes Chance lets his swan song unfold (Elegy).
On an American Spiritual – David Holsinger (for tubist and arranger Elizabeth Laberge)