Sunday, February 5, 2012

Concert Preview: Knightwind Ensemble

I received some information from the Music Director of the Knightwind Ensemble, Dr. Erik Janners.  The concert is on Sunday April 1 (no foolin') at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.  Rather than my rewording his summary of their upcoming concert, here are his words.

The theme of the Knightwind Ensemble’s spring concert is “Songs and Dances.” The concert opens with Julie Giroux’s wonderful overture To Walk With Wings, which is a concert overture style work that traces the development of flight. This is followed by Don Hunsberger’s masterful transcription of JS Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, originally for organ. The first half closes with a performance of Martin Ellerby’s Venetian Spells. Written in 1997, each of the four movements of this work pays homage to a great composer associated with the city of Venice, including Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, and Gabrieli.

The second half of the concert opens with the major work of this program, Piece of Mind for Wind Ensemble by the composer and pianist Dana Wilson. The work, also in four movements like the Ellerby, showcases the composer’s thoughts about various states of mind through music, with movement titles including Thinking, Feeling, Remembering, and Being. A truly incredible work, infused with jazz elements, eastern scales, and a shocking rhythmic intensity. Following that is Percy Grainger’s classic Colonial Song, and we close the concert with David Holsinger’s Scootin’ on Hardrock, which is subtitled “Three Short Scat-Jazzy Dances.” This is one of the most enjoyable works I know from the standpoint of sheer fun, and really will make you want to get up and dance!

For more information, see the Knightwind Website.  You can also visit the South Milwaukee PAC web site.

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