Wind Orchestras Wind Up Season Saturday

Posted on May 11th, 2016 by

The 2016 Gustavus Wind Orchestra, James Patrick Miller, conductor

The 2016 Gustavus Wind Orchestra, James Patrick Miller, conductor

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Vasa Wind Orchestra from the Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College will present their spring concert in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on Saturday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m. Under the direction of Conductors Karrin Meffert-Nelson (VWO) and James Patrick Miller (GWO) the ensembles will bring three student guest conductors and one senior soloist to the stage as part of the afternoon concert. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Conductor Karrin Meffert-Nelson will open the concert with the Vasa Wind Orchestra for their final appearance of the school year. They will open with the Symphonic Suite by Clifton Williams and the Chorale Prelude: So Pure the Star by Vincent Persichetti. Conductor James Patrick Miller will lead the ensemble through Daniel Kallman’s The Jig is Up, before introducing student conductors Noah Grothe, Zachary Anderson and Micheal McKenzie to direct Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite. Meffert-Nelson will return to conclude the first half of the program with Robert Jager’s Pastorale and Country Dance. 

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra and Conductor James Patrick Miller will open their program with Ottorino Respighi’s Huntington Ballad and then introduce senior Erin Grev to perform Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute and Band. The wind orchestra will continue with Darius Milhaud’s Suite Francaise and conclude their performance with Blue Shades composed by Frank Ticheli. The Gustavus Wind Orchestra’s final performance of the year will be at Commencement on May 29.

Saturday’s concert with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Vasa Wind Orchestra will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Admission to the event is open to the public at no charge.

 

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