‘Past and Present’ - Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band

Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Moss Arts Center | Music

December 10, 2017 at 3:00pm


“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.” - Søren Kierkegaard

All of us are inescapably tethered to our past and traditions. Musicians are no exception—music is an aural tradition with skills and knowledge passed down through generations of teachers and students. You can see this in every musician’s biography, which inevitably includes a laundry list of every teacher with whom they studied! But, while life can only be understood backwards, it must be lived forwards.

This afternoon’s concert presents a two-sided view of band repertoire: where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Two pieces for military band end the program: Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F for Military Band from 1911 and Sergey Prokofiev’s March, op. 99 from 1944. Three pieces written in the last decade illustrate where band repertoire is headed: David Biedenbender’s Stomp, Christopher Stark’s Augenblick for wind ensemble and electronics, and Nick Omiccioli’s brand-new composition The Field Well.

The highlight of the program is Tōru Takemitsu’s Concerto de chambre for thirteen winds from 1955. This is Takemitsu’s only piece for mixed chamber winds, but until recently was considered lost. This will be the first time the piece has ever been performed outside Japan. Takemitsu represents both the band’s past and future: a piece that is sixty-two years old and has yet to be discovered.

Please be sure to join the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band for this musical examination of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed next.

View additional program information here.


$10 general; $7 student

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