The University of Texas Wind Ensemble will present our second concert of the year on Sunday, October 9 at 4:00 p.m. in Bates Recital Hall. Complimentary tickets can be reserved in a block from your school and will be held at the box office. Unfortunately we cannot hold multiple individual requests from a single school. Tickets may be obtained by contacting Mr. Michael Lebrias at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to noon on Friday, October 7.
This concert will open with DMA conducting assistant Weston Lewis leading the Texas premiere of Katahj Copley’s, Dope. A master’s student in composition at UT, Katahj Copley has already become something of a phenom in the wind ensemble composition world. Following will be the premiere performance of the wind ensemble version of Quinn Mason’s Joyous Trilogy. Mr. Mason (b. 1996) is a composer and conductor based in Dallas, Texas, currently serving as Artist in Residence of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He also recently served as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots composer in residence—the youngest composer to fill that role—and as the inaugural composer-in-residence for the Austin radio station KMFA. Mr. Mason recently completed this transcription, which he has dedicated to the UT Wind Ensemble.
Following intermission, we will give the world premiere performance of Quinn Mason’s The Sky Searching Within Itself. Commissioned by KMFA, this beautiful piece is a wonderful addition to the repertoire. To close the program, the Wind Ensemble will be joined by the amazing multiple Grammy winning soprano Hilá Plitmann as the soloist in the world premiere of her own composition, In This Circle. Hilá Plitmann has quickly become one of the most admired artists of the international music scene, known worldwide for her musicianship and outstanding vocal abilities. She regularly premieres works by today’s leading composers while maintaining a vibrant and extraordinarily diverse professional life in film music, musical theatre, and songwriting.
Regarding In This Circle, the composer writes:
If we allow it, poetry has the power to transform us. In the winter of 2017 my soul was in a deep darkness. A book of Rumi poems, with translations by Coleman Barks fell into my lap that led me out of despair and onto a road of remembering to learn. One particular poem ‘A Community of the Spirit’, spoke so personally to my heart that ideas and words and melodies of their own began pouring from me. This Community of Spirit has become a palpable force in my life. Appearing, for In This Circle, in the form of two certified angels: Professor Jerry Junkin, a calm sea beneath my searching little dinghy, and Christopher Drew Dickey, who magically shapes raggedy boats into majestic ocean liners. It is a collaboration, an expression of intimacy, and I am so moved to be sharing its birthing tonight with you.
The concert livestream can be accessed at: https://music.utexas.edu/events/3607-wind-ensemble
We certainly hope that you and your students will be able to join us for this very special concert.