Vasa Wind Orchestra Welcomes Chamber Ensembles

Posted on March 9th, 2016 by

The Vasa Wind Orchestra & Conductor Karrin-Meffert Nelson at Nobel Conference 2015

The Vasa Wind Orchestra & Conductor Karrin-Meffert Nelson at Nobel Conference 2015

The Vasa Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Karrin Meffert-Nelson, will present its 2016 spring concert in Björling Recital Hall on Saturday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m. In addition to performances by the ensemble, the concert will include two guest student conductors, flutist James DeVoll, and three chamber ensembles. Admission to this spring concert is free and open to the public.

For Saturday’s concert, Dr. Meffert-Nelson has created a program that includes the wind orchestra as well as brass and woodwind chamber ensembles. The Vasa Wind Orchestra (VWO) will open the concert with the American Overture for Band by Joseph Willcox Jenkins followed by the Gustavus Flute Choir and Antonin Dvorak’s Three Slavonic Dances. VWO will then invite seniors Danielle Fulghum and Rudi Thompson as guest conductors in Rolling Thunder March by Henry Filmore and Frank Ticheli’s Amazing Grace. The Brass Quintet will follow with Rondeau by Jean-Joseph Mouret before flutist James DeVoll joins VWO to perform the Night Soliloquy for Flute and Wind Ensemble by Kent Kennan.

The concert will continue as the clarinet and bass clarinet sections of VWO join to present the Suite for Clarinets by T. Steward Smith, and the wind orchestra’s performance of Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold. One final ensemble, the Herk de Fire saxophone quartet, will take the stage to perform the four-movement Quartre de la Famille by John Darling before Conductor Meffert-Nelson returns to lead the Vasa Wind Orchestra in Jan Van der Roost’s Puszta.

This concert by the Vasa Wind Orchestra and its guests will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 in Björling Recital Hall. This performance, conducted by Karrin Meffert-Nelson, is presented free and open to the public.


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