Winds of Spring Concert at Gustavus Friday

Posted on March 16th, 2010 by

Gustavus Wind Orchestra in Concert, Wroclaw, Poland

Gustavus Wind Orchestra in Concert, Wroclaw, Poland

A number of small ensembles will join with the Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestra to present their annual “Winds of Spring” concert in Christ Chapel, Friday, March 19. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes performances by the two wind orchestras as well as the Department of Music’s Saxophone Quartet, the Wind Sinfonia, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and the Kalmar Wind Quintet. This performance is free and open to the public.

The Vasa Wind Orchestras, under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, will open their spring concert with performances of The Sinfonians by Clifton Williams, Frank Ticheli’s arrangement of Loch Lommond and Claude Smith’s Jubilant Prelude. The Gustavus Wind Orchestra will present Vaclav Nelhybel’s Symphonic Movement, Sousa’s Manhattan Beach and Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy. As the wind orchestras transition between works, the ensembles will take the stage to present a variety of works ranging from Grainger’s Handel in the Strand to Canzona for 8 Trombones by Walter Hartley, Quintet in Eb Major by Anton Reicha and Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvorak.

Douglas Nimmo will lead the two wind orchestras and the Gustavus Wind Sinfonia in their performances. Conductor and coaches for the smaller ensembles include John Engebretson, Ann Pesavento, Scott Moore and Paul Budde.

Friday’s performance in Christ Chapel begins at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.


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