Canberra Wind Symphony collaborates with the pre-eminent St. Olaf Band, USA

When: 26 January 2018, 2:30pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall
Cost: Free

The 90+ piece St. Olaf Band is one of America’s pre-eminent wind ensembles and is conducting an Australian/NZ tour this summer, collaborating with leading wind ensembles.

Conductor of the St. Olaf Band, Dr. Timothy Mahr, will present a widely varied program of primarily American music, with a focus on the centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the music of John Williams, and classic works from the wind band repertoire. Works featuring soloists and a good march or two will also be presented, along with Mahr’s own award-winning composition, The Soaring Hawk.

Canberra Wind Symphony will also take the stage to perform works by living composers:
Equus - Eric Whitacre, USA
An Australian Rhapsody - Ralph Hultgren, AUS
The Fly - Oscar Navarro, Spain
Symphonic Dances (Belly Dance) – Yosuke Fukuda, JPN
Cartoon – Paul Hart, UK

And deliver staples of the wind ensemble repertoire:
Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon – Percy Grainger, AUS
Hoe Down – Aaron Copland, USA

Conductor of the Canberra Wind Symphony, Geoff Grey, says this is an exciting collaboration for Canberra, as the wind ensemble has become the new blank canvas for modern-day art music, bringing fresh takes on classical idioms.

Think of our performances like an air-show: bask in the majesty of the breadth and depth of the ensemble, feel the thrills as it effortlessly glides to new heights, negotiating breathtaking acrobatics before an edge-of-your-seat landing. The wind ensemble is where new music is at. – Geoff Grey

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