We cordially invite you and your students to join us this Sunday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Bates Recital Hall as The University of Texas Wind Ensemble presents their first concert of the 2021-2022 season. This will be a joyous occasion for us, as it will be our first performance since March 6, 2020! The program will feature works by Richard Strauss, Andrew Blair, Jack Frerer, Roger Dickerson, Steven Stucky and our very own Omar Thomas. You may reserve complimentary tickets prior to noon on Friday, Sept. 24 by contacting Ms. Karen Glass at (512) 232-1903 or Karen.Glass@austin.utexas.edu.
The concert will open with Richard Straussí Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare, performed by the Wind Ensemble brass with double timpani. Next Andrew Blairís Anti-fanfare will be performed by the woodwind section and percussion. Doctoral conducting student Christopher (Drew) Dickey, will lead the premiere performance of Jack Frererís Zoom, with the composer joining us to introduce his new work. Following Zoom will be a far too underplayed work by Roger Dickerson, his Essay for Band from 1958. From an era when band music of white composers was flourishing, Dickersonís work, as did other works of Black composers of the time, fell into relative obscurity. It is our pleasure to take a fresh look at this very fine piece.
The late Steven Stucky transcribed and elaborated Henry Purcellís Funeral Music for Queen Mary for Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1992. Our performance of this deeply moving piece will be dedicated to the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Omar Thomasís Of Our New Day Begun was composed in the aftermath of the deadly domestic terrorism attack at the Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015. This amazingly beautiful and powerful work will conclude the concert.
All of our fall concerts will be performed without intermission. To protect the musicians and audience members, we respectfully ask that masks be worn.
If you are unable to attend in person, please join us via our live webcast. Links to view the webcast, program, and program notes can be found at https://music.utexas.edu/events/1041-wind-ensemble. The program will be played without an intermission, and should conclude by 5:15 p.m.
This will be a remarkable, thrilling, and emotional afternoon of music making. We would love to have you and your students join us.