Portland Youth Wind Ensemble and OR Symphonic Band

Apr 13, 2014, 3:00 PM
Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (McCready Hall) - 2014 Cedar Street

The Department of Music is pleased to sponsor this first-ever collaboration between the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble (PYWE) and The Oregon Symphonic Band (OSB), the latter under the direction of Pacific Bands Director Michael Burch-Pesses.

The PYWE, conducted by Larry Johnson, will perform first, opening with Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” Following will be two movements from Johan deMeij’s Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings: “Gandalf,” portraying the wise wizard Gandalf and his magic horse Shadowfax, and the gentle and lilting “Hobbits.” Their program will conclude with music from the exciting and dramatic motion picture “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
After a short break to reset the stage, The Oregon Symphonic Band, Michael Burch-Pesses, conductor, will perform von Suppe’s popular “Light Cavalry Overture.” Sousa’s “The Thunderer” will be next, followed by the beautiful and contrasting “After the Thunderer” by Ira Hearshen. Francis McBeth’s “Of Sailors and Whales,” four movements depicting characters in “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, will complete their program.
The two ensembles will then join forces, with Larry Johnson conducting “American Salute” by Morton Gould, PYP conductor David Hattner conducting William Schuman’s “George Washington Bridge,” and Michael Burch-Pesses conducting Percy Grainger’s delightful “Handel in the Strand.” Don’t miss this joint concert by two of the area’s premier wind groups!

Tickets will be available at the door and are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors.

Posted by Leah Bagley (lbagley@pacificu.edu) on Apr 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Edited by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Apr 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

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