“The Music Of …” A Concert by the Webster University Wind Ensemble- 4/29/13

The Webster University Wind Ensemble, directed by James A. Martin, will perform a concert of music that ranges from transcriptions of compositions to original pieces written for the wind ensemble.

Gustav Holst transcribed J.S. Bach's sparkling "Fugue á la Gigue" for wind ensemble 85 years ago in May of 1928. Leonard Bernstein wrote "Slava!" at the request of Mstislav Rostropovich, who was known as “Slava” to his friends, to launch his inaugural concerts as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra. It premiered  Oct. 11, 1977.

The next selection is Johan de Meij's arrangement of "Trois Rag-Caprices" by Darius Milhaud (1922). Originally for solo piano, Milhaud wrote these as a preliminary sketch for the jazz-influenced "La Création du Monde" (1923).

The concert will also include Frank Ticheli's "Nitrogen" (2006). From Ticheli's program notes:

“Nitrogen is the most abundant component of the Earth's atmosphere (78 per cent by volume), and is present in the tissues of every living thing…

The sheer prevalence of nitrogen in all of nature, and the infinite range of compounds it is part of — life-giving, energizing, healing, cleansing, explosive — all appealed to me, and served as the inspiration for my music.”

When:
Monday, April 29, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where:
Community Music School, 535 Garden Ave., Webster University campus

Cost:
$3 General admission, free for students with valid I.D. 

More Info:
Call 968-7032, or the Fine Arts Hotline at 968-7128.