Brown and Oxford University Wind Symphonies Concert

Friday, December 8, 2017 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Sayles Hall Auditorium

The Brown University Wind Symphony, conducted by Matthew McGarrell, will perform in a program shared with the Oxford University Wind Orchestra, conducted by Chloe Rooke.  The program will also feature the Brown Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Kevin Plouffe. This event is free and open to the public.

Sinfonia in sol minore per fiati (1817) — Gaetano Donizetti
A Ticheli Triptych — Frank Ticheli
    1. Abracadabra (2004)
    2. Rest (2010)
    3. Blue Shades (1996)
Mother Earth (2003) — David Maslanka
from Symphony No.1 “A New Day Rising” (2006) — Steven Reineke
    1. City of Gold
Atlantic Alliance (2017) — Colin Touchin
East Coast Pictures (2003) — Nigel Hess
    1. Shelter Island
    2. The Catskills
    3. New York
Serenade (1965) — Derek Bourgeois
Marcha:  Minho e Galiza (1974) — Miguel de Oliveira

The Oxford University Wind Orchestra

The original Oxford University Wind Orchestra was formed in 1974 to stand alongside the symphony orchestras of Oxford University. At first its numbers were small, but it soon grew in popularity, providing a much needed opportunity for wind and brass players to perform in Oxford. At its peak, OUWO was active in commissioning original works from renowned composers such as Alan Ridout. However, the burden of the orchestra’s organisation fell solely upon the conductor and the workload eventually became unmanageable. OUWO declined and finally disbanded in 1995.  In its current incarnation, OUWO was re-founded in 1996 by a dedicated committee of freshers and members of the defunct precursor in order to provide an opportunity for Oxford’s many wind and brass players to perform music beyond the standard symphony orchestra repertoire. Many of these early OUWO alumni who have (officially!) left Oxford are now active in running the Oxford Reunion Wind Orchestra. The first conductor was an American named E. Bradley Strauchen (recalled by one former member as “loopy but enthusiastic”) and the reformed Wind Orchestra gave its first performance with an ambitious programme including Shostakovich’s Festival Overture, Walton’s Crown Imperial and Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posey.  Since then OUWO has gone from strength to strength, performing works ranging from Bach to Bernstein, from chamber music to concertos, and across a range of genres including wind band staples such as those of Vaughan Williams, Holst and Grainger, arrangements of orchestral masterworks such as Scheherezade, film music favourites, and challenging original pieces by contemporary composers including Paul Hart, Gordon Jacob, John Adams and David Maslanka.  Recently OUWO had the distinction of being invited to travel to the South of France to perform at the La Croix Valmer Festival, giving a number of extremely well-received performances.  In Hilary Term 2007 OUWO gave a joint concert with the Augustana College Symphonic Band from Illinois, USA, on their concert tour of the UK.  The last few years have been particularly busy for OUWO. In addition to the traditional termly concerts, the orchestra has established an annual exchange concert programme with Cambridge University Wind Orchestra, and has successfully competed in the National Concert Band Festival for two years running – performing in national finals in Glasgow and London. But the most exciting recent development is a relationship with the Tel Aviv University Wind Band, who invited us to a tour of Israel in March 2012. This was an absolutely fantastic ten day trip, where OUWO members were shown great hospitality and friendship, a whistle-stop tour of some fascinating sites, and shared in the occasional concert…!

Brown University Wind Symphony

With its strong sense of community and participatory consensus, the Brown University Wind Symphony reflects the unique ethos of the college itself. Students from very different concentrations—from Engineering to Egyptology—play, conduct, and compose new music for the band, making it one of the most diverse groups in the department. Concerts in recent years have featured a range of impressive guest artists, including trombonist Alexei Doohovskoy '98 (of the Rhode Island Philharmonic), trumpetist Charles Schlueter (of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), violinist Charles Sherba, pianist Jan Jiracek, bassoonist William Buchman '87 (of the Chicago Symphony), Klezmer virtuoso clarinetist Margot Leverett, trombonist Ron Barron (of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), composer David Amram, composer Eric Ewazen (of the Julliard School), trombonist Sam Woodhead (of the US Army Band), conductor Fausto Moreira (of the Filarmónica de Covões, Portugal) and conductor Lt. Col. Philip Evans (Director of the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Engineers). The Wind Symphony has performed in concerts at Brown, Tufts University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College and McGill University in Montreal, as well as concerts in London and Paris.