UPEI Wind Sym­phony at the Hom­burg The­atre

Mu­si­cal evening will span cen­turies of har­monies

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The UPEI Wind Sym­phony, un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr. Karem J. Si­mon, will be per­form­ing a full recital of con­tem­po­rary wind band mu­sic on Thurs­day, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hom­burg The­atre in Char­lot­te­town. Fol­low­ing years of per­for­mances at lo­cal churches, the wind sym­phony is us­ing Char­lot­te­town’s premier venue at the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts to pro­vide its mem­bers, guest per­form­ers, and the au­di­ence with an op­ti­mal ex­pe­ri­ence.

The en­sem­ble is in fine form, and re­cent per­for­mances in Saint John, N.B., and Sum­mer­side have been en­thu­si­as­ti­cally re­ceived. The cen­tre­piece of the pro­gram is the Con­certino for Four Per­cus­sion­ists by Amer­i­can com­poser David Gilling­ham. This work ex­ploits the tech­ni­cal, ex­pres­sive, and sonic qual­i­ties of the wind sym­phony’s ex­ten­sive

per­cus­sion sec­tion. Fea­tured soloists in­clude prin­ci­pal per­cus­sion­ist Ryan Drew and fresh­man Ken­dall Perry, who will be joined by UPEI mu­sic grad­u­ates Michael Gal­lant and Bran­den Kelly.

The wind sym­phony’s pro­gram will be­gin with Pulitzer Prize-win­ning com­poser Wil­liam Schu­mann’s Ch­ester, which is a set­ting with vari­a­tions of an eigh­teenth cen­tury Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion­ary hymn. Me­dieval Suite, a work by an­other Amer­i­can, Ron Nel­son, will fol­low. Here, Nel­son cap­tures the mu­sic of the twelfth and thir­teenth cen­turies while us­ing con­tem­po­rary har­monies, tex­tures, colour, and min­i­mal­ism.

The wind sym­phony will then jump a cou­ple of cen­turies in its pre­sen­ta­tion of an el­e­gant set of Re­nais­sance dances by Ja­panese com­poser Yo­suke Fukuda. The fi­nal piece will be the March from Sym­phonic Meta­mor­pho­sis by Paul Hin­demith, a clever adap­ta­tion of themes by ro­man­tic com­poser Carl Maria von We­ber.

For this recital, UPEI is de­lighted to share the op­por­tu­nity of per­form­ing at the Hom­burg The­atre with two lo­cal bands: the Queen Char­lotte Grade 9 Band, un­der the di­rec­tion of Sylvia An­drew, and the Colonel Gray Grade 11–12 Band un­der the di­rec­tion of Shawn Do­iron.

Tick­ets for this per­for­mance at $15 Adults and $10 Stu­dents may be ac­quired at UPEI, par­tic­i­pat­ing schools, and the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts box of­fice. About the UPEI Wind Sym­phony

Com­prised of UPEI mu­sic ma­jors, the Wind Sym­phony has been crit­i­cally ac­claimed for its per­for­mance stan­dard and in­no­va­tive pro­gram­ming. Dur­ing the past 20 years, the wind sym­phony has pro­duced an an­nual com­pact disc fea­tur­ing se­lected reper­toire from each year’s per­for­mances. This has been a par­tic­u­larly busy se­mes­ter for the Wind Sym­phony, which has per­formed col­lab­o­ra­tively with school bands in New Brunswick and Prince Ed­ward Is­land. Re­cently, the Wind Sym­phony per­formed dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral con­cert band recital at the new Celtic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre in Sum­mer­side.


The UPEI Wind Sym­phony, which in­cludes, from left, Bran­den Kelly, Ryan Drew, Dr. Karem J. Si­mon, Ken­dall Perry, and Michael Gal­lant, will be per­form­ing a full recital Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hom­burg The­atre.

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