‘Musical Vignettes’ - Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band

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

October 8, 2017 at 3:00pm

Join the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band for an afternoon concert.  There will be live streaming through Facebook Live.


“I find it easier to write in these little vignettes; if I try to get any more heavy, I find myself out of my league.” - David Bowie in an interview with William S. Burroughs (1974)

Edgar Allan Poe wrote nearly seventy short stories, but only completed one novel. Frédéric Chopin never composed a symphony, but did produce well over 100 short pieces for solo piano. Leonard da Vinci’s Mona Lisa only measures 30 inches by 21 inches, smaller than three pieces of notebook paper taped together.

Some artists just work better with smaller forces or in smaller spaces. While band music tends to be much shorter than orchestral music, composers who write for band often find ingenuous ways to compose vivid musical vignettes into relatively short timespans. This program is a celebration of vibrant concision.

Mason Bates’s Chicago 2012 is inspired by particle physics while Wayne Oquin’s A Solemn Place is an arrangement of his a cappella choir composition “O magnum mysterium.” Matthew Browne’s Kill Screen is a musical representation of Polybius, an urban legend about an addictive video game, and VT faculty member Betsy Crone is featured on Charles Rochester Young’s dramatic flute concerto. The music of Percy Grainger, the king of the musical vignette, ends this afternoon of musical short stories.

Don't miss out on these upcoming performances:

NOV. 4 Percussion Ensemble

NOV. 11 Jazz Ensembles with guest Chad Eby, saxophone

DEC. 10 ‘Past and Present’ - Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band


$10 general; $7 students

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