Fredonia Wind Ensemble performance slated for King

Pictured is the Fredonia Wind Ensemble.

The State University of New York at Fredonia Wind Ensemble opens the year with exciting works exploring beginnings, in a performance slated for Saturday at 8 p.m., in King Concert Hall.

The concert will open with John Leszczynski’s “Scherzo a la Britten,” an exciting work with canonic spirals throughout. “Colonial Song” by Percy Grainger uses Australian folk music to showcase the timbres of the ensemble.

The New York Philharmonic commissioned Joseph Turrin to celebrate Kurt Masur’s 10-year anniversary as its maestro. Turrin featured fantastic wind, brass and percussionists to honor Masur in “Hemispheres,” which is an exploration of the beginnings of the earth. “D’un Matin de Prin temps” by the French composer, Lili Boulanger, follows in the program.

The evening will culminate with “Jurassic Park Soundtrack Highlights” by John Williams, arranged by Paul Lavender.

Dr. Paula Holcomb, as Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, noted, “The Wind Ensemble has a special excitement and passion as we come together following COVID. These very special students who lived through isolation and are excited to be making music together as they link their hearts with the music. They are passionate, and their joy is contagious! Join us in traveling through the beginnings of the universe!”


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