Webster Wind Ensemble: ‘The Music Of…’ April 29

| April 10, 2013

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The Webster University Wind Ensemble, directed by James A. Martin, will perform the concert, “The Music Of …” on April 29, at 7 p.m., in the Community Music School. The concert will include music that ranges from transcriptions of compositions to original pieces written for the wind ensemble. Admission is $3 for the general public and free to the University community with valid I.D.

Gustav Holst transcribed J.S. Bach’s sparkling Fugue á la Gigue for wind ensemble 85 years ago in May 1928. Leonard Bernstein wrote Slava! at the request of Mstislav Rostropovich, 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.”

For more information, call 314-968-7032, or the Fine Arts Hotline at 314-968-7128.

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