Shout For Joy: Symphonic Masterworks for Wind Orchestra
Four composers who are “giants” of the core wind-band repertoire are being celebrated. Gustav Holst will start us off in a jovial mood with Jupiter from his well-known series of mood pictures, “The Planets.” Richard Wagner’s Romantic opera Lohengrin sets the stage for the deeply moving prelude to Act IV: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, a work beloved by generations of band musicians. The first half closes with the jaunty Scottish rhythms of Percy Grainger’s “Lads of Wamphray,” the very first piece Grainger wrote for winds, and one of his quirkiest. After intermission, we present a more recent masterwork by composer David Maslanka: Symphony No. 4 for Wind Orchestra. Taking several hymn tunes as inspiration, Maslanka leads us through apparent chaos to transformation and rebirth... the working out of an extended impulse to shout for the joy of life. We hope you will come and share this concert experience with us!