The Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras’ fall concert in Bjorling Recital Hall on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College will be presented Saturday, November 17, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Conductors Douglas Nimmo and Karrin Meffert-Nelson will lead their respective ensembles in this annual event. The performance in Bjorling Recital Hall is free and open to the public.
This annual “Winds of Autumn” performance brings the College’s two wind orchestras to Christ Chapel for a combined concert of compositions written or arranged for concert band. The Vasa Wind Orchestra and Conductor Karrin Meffert-Nelson open the concert with Alfred Reed’s Alleluia! Laudemus Te and Richard Saucedo’s Snow Caps. They will complete their half of the concert with the three-movements of Gustavus Holst’s First Suite in E-flat for Military Band.
Following a short break to reset the stage, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will open the second half of the concert with Dana Wilson’s A Shortcut Home, Ottorino Respighi’s Huntingtower Ballad and the March from Symphonic Metamorphoses by Paul Hindemith. In a tribute to the US armed forces, the wind orchestra will follow with two works, presented without interruption, Heroes, Lost and Fallen by David Gillingham and the William Himes’ arrangement of Amazing Grace. Conductor Nimmo and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will conclude Saturday’s concert with California Jubilee by Roger Nixon.
Saturday’s fall concert by the Gustavus and Vasa Wind Orchestras is free and open to the public. It begins at 1:30 p.m. in Bjorling Recital Hall.