We cordially invite you and your students to join us this Sunday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. CDT in Bates Recital Hall as The University of Texas Wind Ensemble presents their second concert of the 2021-2022 season. The program will feature works by Valerie Coleman, Percy Grainger and Kevin Day. You may reserve complimentary tickets prior to noon on Friday, October, 22 by contacting Ms. Karen Glass at (512) 232-1903 or Karen.Glass@austin.utexas.edu.(You may want to consider arriving a bit earlier than usual as there is a major production occurring in Bass Concert Hall at the same time!)
The concert will open with Valerie Coleman's Fanfare for Uncommon Times, performed by the Wind Ensemble brass and percussion. “We are going through some strange times right now,” says Valerie Coleman, so “it almost seems sarcastic… to write a fanfare for the times we are currently living in.” But her work Fanfare for Uncommon Times is anything but sarcastic. “I wanted to create a piece that brings people together,” she continues, “a piece that touches that within us, that thing that wants to survive... that gives us that regenerative, renewable hope.” As a Black woman, she also sought to “bring the Black experience in,” including the “turmoil, the upheaval,” of today’s conversation of race in America. The Boston Globe has described Valerie Coleman as having a “talent for delineating form and emotion with shifts between ingeniously varied instrumental combinations,” and Performance Today named her 2020 Classical Woman Musician of the Year. Following the Fanfare, the concert will continue with three favorite selections by Percy Aldridge Grainger, Molly on the Shore, Colonial Song, and Shepherd’s Hey!
Kevin Day is a composer, conductor, producer, and multi-instrumentalist on tuba, euphonium, jazz piano and more, whose music often intersects between the worlds of jazz, minimalism, Latin music, fusion, and contemporary classical idioms. He will be joining us for rehearsals and the performance of his electrifying Concerto for Wind Ensemble. Day’s music has been performed across the globe from Carnegie Hall to Russia’s Rachmaninov Hall, and by organizations such as the Boston, Detroit, and Houston Symphonies. Currently pursuing a doctorate in composition at University of Miami Frost School of Music studying with Valerie Coleman, he has been mentored by composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Marcos Balter, and Frank Ticheli. Day’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble is a consortium commission involving 23 ensembles, including The University of Texas at Austin. The concerto is in five movements, each showcasing an influential element of Day’s musical upbringing: “Flow,” “Riff,” “Vibe” (dedicated to Day’s father), “Soul” (dedicated to Day’s mother), and “Jam”.
All of our fall concerts will be performed without intermission. 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/1042-wind-ensemble. The program will be performed without an intermission, and should conclude by 8:45 p.m.
We would love to have you and your students join us for a very exciting concert!