The Washington Wind Symphony presents “From Bach to Rock” on Sunday, March 10th!

Are you ready for a fun afternoon of musical contrasts at Robertson Performing Arts Center in Redmond? Our music director Jacob Scherr has tapped his extensive knowledge of the wind band repertoire to create a melodious performance of instrumental feats you won’t soon forget. You’ll hear:

“Toccata and Fugue in D minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach (trans. Ryan Nowlin) – You’ll instantly recognize this audience favorite, Nowlin’s inspired arrangement for band. Having heard this masterpiece in a diverse variety of films, you may be reminded of the 1940 Disney animated classic, “Fantasia.” Or, a classic horror movie may come to mind, including “Phantom of the Opera” and “Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde.” Whatever picture is sparked by your aural memory, you’re sure to humming Bach’s famous theme long after you leave the concert.

“In evening’s stillness…” by Joseph Schwantner – Both a delicate and dynamic composition, this piece was commissioned by the Illinois College Band Directors Association in 1996, and premiered at the Midwest Music Educators National Conference convention in Peoria, Illinois. As with Schwanter’s previous two works for wind ensemble, he says In Evening’s Stillness… was inspired by poetry:

“In evening’s stillness a gentle breeze, distant thunder encircles the silence.”

Schwantner’s compositional career has been marked by many awards, grants, and fellowships, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his orchestral composition “Aftertones of Infinity” and several Grammy nominations.

“Run to the Light” by Ivan Trevino – If you enjoy the variety and exciting vibrations only possible with a full band percussion section, this piece is designed for you! Commissioned by the Eastman Wind Ensemble in 2022, the composer dedicated “Run to the Light” to “a thousand or so very special people in Victoria, Texas.” Ivan Trevino, 41, is a Mexican-American composer, percussionist, writer, and arts advocate. He has composed over 70 works for percussion and won numerous Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest awards. Trevino currently serves as lecturer in percussion at University of Texas at Austin, and is co-director of the Eastman Percussion Festival, a biennial summer festival hosted by Eastman School of Music.

“Until the Scars” by John Mackey – An adaptation of the opening movement to Mackey’s full symphony for band titled “Wine-Dark Sea,” the composer drew inspiration for this work from Homer’s tale of Odysseus. Enjoy Mackey’s dynamic interpretation of this epic story as the Greek King and his marauding crew triumphantly celebrate their victory over the Trojans, only to meet disaster at sea.

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Alfred Reed) – With a background which boasted approximately 200 musical ancestors, it’s not surprising that Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) developed a keen interest in music at an early age. He mastered the violin and clavier and devoted himself to the study and mastery of the organ. As court organist in the town of Arnstadt at the age of eighteen, Bach became interested in composition, devoting every leisure moment to improving his skills. During his lifetime, Bach was more famous as an organist and court musician than as a composer. His works were largely unknown until rediscovered some eighty years after his death. We are fortunate to enjoy them now as his legacy.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Freddie Mercury (arr. Masamicz Amano) – Regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music, Mercury referred to “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a “mock opera” that resulted from the combination of three songs he had written. It was recorded by his band, Queen, at five studios between August-September, 1975. Due to recording logistics of the era, the band had to bounce the tracks across eight generations of 24-track tape, resulting in nearly 200 tracks for overdubs. The song parodies elements of opera with bombastic choruses, sarcastic recitative, and distorted Italian operatic phrases. You’ll love this fantastic wind band arrangement!

Come join us for this unique assemblage of classical-to-modern wind band music! Be sure to buy tickets in advance, or go to our website to reserve your comfortable seat in the Robertson Performing Arts Center. Be sure to visit any of our social media pages to Like, Subscribe, and Share to help us spread the word!


Tickets:

Adults: $15.00 | Senior: $10.00 | Students/Youth: FREE

Location:

Robertson Performing Arts Center @ Redmond High School

17272 NE 104th St, Redmond, WA 98052

The Washington Wind Symphony presents “Light from Within” on Sunday, December 17th!

What better way to get into a happy, holiday mood than taking in this collection of heart-warming wind band music at Redmond’s Robertson Performing Arts Center? Our music director Jacob Scherr has curated a symphonic collection of seasonal favorites to brighten your December Sunday. You’ll hear:

 “Minor Alterations,” by David Lovrien — Listen carefully for your favorite Christmas carols within this tasteful compilation, which Lovrien has cleverly tailored into minor keys. From the distinctive “Deck the Halls” at the start to the final, frenzied “Nutcracker Suite” finale, each tune is lovingly twisted into something new and inventive.

“Bach’s Fugue à la Gigue” — by Johann Sebastian Bach (trans. Gustav Holst; ed. Jon Ceander Mitchell) — In 1928, Holst set about scoring Bach’s “Organ Fugue in G Major” for brass and military band, then branded it with his own title. This technically demanding piece draws in listeners with its mesmerizing interweaving of musical lines. 

“Russian Christmas Music,” by Alfred Reed — The late American composer Alfred Reed was just 23 when he was commissioned to write this stirring tribute to promote Russian-American unity — and he completed it in just 14 days. First performed near the end of World War II and immensely popular among wind ensemble fans, its dramatic Tchaikovsky-esque finale alone is worth the price of admission!

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” by Albert Hague and Eugene Poddany (arr. Larry Clark) — Melding the songs “Welcome Christmas” with “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” the composers honor Dr. Seuss’ 1966 TV animated musical comedy classic by the same name. Sit back and enjoy the fun memories conjured up by this timeless, familiar music.

“Halcyon Hearts,” by Katahj Copley — Written to denote the moment of peace when one finds their love or passion, this work is especially poignant today in today’s world. “No matter what race, gender, religion, nationality or love, we all are united with the common thread of passion from the heart. This piece was written in dedication to those who love no matter which negativity is in the world; do not allow hate and prejudice to guide the way we live our lives. Always choose love and the halcyon days will come.” — From the Composer

“The Eighth Candle,” by Steve Reisteter — Composed in 1997 by a Roman Catholic inspired by Aaron Copland, this piece remembers the story of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. It begins with an extended hymn-like section followed by an exciting dance of celebration. Finally, the feast commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greek tyrant Antiochus over 2,180 years ago. Legend has it that, after the battles were won, there was only enough oil for the ceremonial lights to last for one day. Yet by some miracle, the oil lasted for eight days.

We hope you’ll take a break from your busy holiday schedule to join us for this heartwarming concert. Be sure to buy tickets in advance to reserve your comfortable seat in the Robertson Performing Arts Center, go to our website for more information. or visit any of our social media pages to Like, Subscribe, and Share!


Tickets:

Adults: $15.00 | Senior: $10.00 | Students/Youth: FREE

Location:

Robertson Performing Arts Center @ Redmond High School

17272 NE 104th St, Redmond, WA 98052