Spring 2013 was a busy semester! In addition to the usual Columbia Festival of Winds and EPIC concert(s) with the Columbia University Wind Ensemble, I also conducted an honor band for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in Westchester County, New York. The repertoire was spectacular! This semester at Columbia had special meaning: it was my last with the Columbia Wind Ensemble, as I’ll be starting my DMA in wind conducting this fall at Arizona State University with Gary Hill. I’m very excited to move on, but also very sad to leave Columbia after 11 years!
EPIC – Monday, April 22 at 8pm at Roone Arledge Auditorium, repeated Sunday, April 28 at 2pm in the EPIC Barnard Quad. It was also our Senior Choice concert, and my final concert with the CUWE. EPIC it was indeed!
Raise of the Son – Rossano Gallante (for bassoonist Jimmy Caldarese)
Selections from Star Wars Trilogy – John Williams, arr. Donald Hunsberger (for trombonist and web wizard Curtis Cooper)
Italian in Algiers Overture – Gioachino Rossini (for multi-clarinetist Victor Chang)
Selections from Carmina Burana – Carl Orff, arr. Krance (for trumpeter and master politician Thomas Callander)
Hands Across the Sea – John Philip Sousa (for trombonist and future educator Sam Alexander)
Jupiter from “The Planets” – Gustav Holst, arr. Clark McAlister (for bass trombonist Matt Cowen)
Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah – Camille Saint-Saens (my choice, a repeat from my very first CUWE concert in 2002)
Westchester County School Music Association Elementary All-County Band
Saturday, March 16 at 11am, SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center
A wonderful experience – my first honor band!
Sunday, March 3 at 2pm – Roone Arledge Auditorium, Columbia University
The Columbia University Wind Ensemble played:
Festive Overture – Dmitri Shostakovich (Senior Choice for trumpeter Tim Foreman)
Acrostic Song from “Final Alice” – David del Tredici, arr. Mark Spede
The Last Polka – Beck Hansen, arr. Andrew Pease
First Suite in E-flat – Gustav Holst
Sarah Quiroz, guest conductor
At the end of the Festival, all of the participating bands massed together and played Sousa’s Liberty Bell March.