Bands at Gustavus to Present Fall Concert Saturday

Posted on November 11th, 2016 by

The 2016 Gustavus Wind Orchestra, James Patrick Miller, conductor

The 2016 Gustavus Wind Orchestra, James Patrick Miller, conductor

The combined musicians of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, the Gustavus Wind Symphony and the Gustavus Chamber Winds will present the Department of Music’s Fall Bands Concert on Saturday, November 12 at 1:30 p.m. Under the direction of ensemble conductors James Patrick Miller, Heidi Johanna Miller and Karrin Meffert-Nelson, the ensembles will include the efforts of over 150 Gustavus student-musicians and see the work of guest artist Ian Jeffress, saxophone, in this concert in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. Tickets are not required for this community event.

Saxophonist Ian Jeffress is assistant professor of saxophone at Western Carolina University, where he teaches applied saxophone and coaches saxophone chamber ensembles, as well as teaching courses in music theory, and is the alto saxophonist of the award-winning Assembly Quartet and serves as saxophonist with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. As a teacher dedicated to providing outstanding early training in addition to collegiate study, Jeffress is a co-founder and faculty member of the Carolina Saxophone Camp, and maintains a private studio of secondary school saxophonists in the Asheville area. Prior to his appointment at Western Carolina, Jeffress served on the faculties of Allen University and the Palmetto Center for the Arts, and served as a graduate teaching assistant at both USC and Ithaca College. Jeffress is a dedicated proponent of the music of our time: his doctoral research focuses on the application of narrative theory to post-tonal music, and he has been consistently involved in commissioning and premiering new music for the instrument.

The Gustavus Wind Symphony (formerly the Vasa Wind Orchestra) will open the performance under its new conductor Heidi Johanna Miller with Aram Khachaturian’s Armenian Dance No. 1 and Randall Thompson’s Alleluia. Dr. Jeffress will join the ensemble to be featured on Catch Me If You Can by John Williams before the ensemble concludes with two movements from David Maslanka’s Give Us This Day — Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble.

Conductor Karrin Meffert-Nelson will bring the newly formed Gustavus Chamber Winds to the Björling stage to perform two works, the second movement of the Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod and Gordon Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles.

Saturday’s bands concert will conclude with the appearance of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra conducted by James Patrick Miller. They will open with Early Light by Carolyn Bremer, before Ian Jeffress joins them to perform Dreams in the Dusk — Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by David Biedenbender. The ensemble will complete the performance with Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium and Henry Fillmore’s march, The Circus Bee.

The Fall Bands Concert, Saturday, November 12, begins at 1:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The performance will be live streamed at Gustavus Live.

Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.



  1. Darlene Riddering says:

    Will this concert be streamed? If so, please advise of the process to view it! We are in FL and our granddaughter is playing flute in the concert! Help!
    Thank you! Darlene

  2. Darlene Riddering says:

    Thank you so much, can’t wait!!! 🙂

  3. Darlene Riddering says:

    Another question… Is the Christmas concert Dec 3 (I believe that is when it is) not streamed? Did not see it on the list of streamed events? Thanks!