Virtuosity, humor & intrigue await Wind Ensemble concert-goers

Wind Ensemble
Wind Ensemble

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music’s Wind Ensemble mid-semester concert on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall is an eclectic mix of virtuosity, humor, and intrigue.

Robert Patterson’s Stomp Igor sets the scene with an exorcism of sorts. In this case, the composer’s attempt to expunge the influence of Igor Stravinsky from his work. John Barnes Chance’s classic Incantation and Dance then seems to summon an immortal being. Turning from Hindu to Finnish mythology (not as big a leap as you might expect), we arrive at Ron Nelson’s beautiful Autumn Rune. The shade of Stravinsky is then recalled through Paul Dooley’s Bauhaus-inspired Masks and Machines, and we conclude with a snippet of just about every band piece you’ve ever heard in Jesse Ayres’ Flashbax.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Carolyn Barber, is the university’s premiere concert band. Its select mission is to provide instrumentalists of advanced technical proficiency a pre-professional ensemble experience. With an emphasis on 20th century American compositions, the Wind Ensemble’s repertoire reflects the most recent technical and textural innovations, as well as the rich tradition of wind and percussion music extending back to the Renaissance.

The objectives of the Wind Ensemble are to rehearse and perform repertoire of the highest caliber, encompassing the broadest possible spectrum of styles; to develop a high degree of refinement and independence in students’ ability to communicate musically in both chamber and larger ensemble settings; and to provide, through the study of the masterworks of the wind band repertoire, an anthology of styles, performance practices and techniques that will serve as the foundation for students’ ability to realize their professional musical aspirations.

Tickets are available at the door: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.