Winds per­form­ing at Sun­day Concert Se­ries

Serve Daily - - IN OUR BACK YARD - Ginny Ack­er­son for Serve Daily

— On April 15, at 4:30 p.m., the Springville Arts Com­mis­sion will present Aspen Winds in the Grand Gallery of the Springville Mu­seum of Art. This concert is free to the public. Aspen Winds has been en­thralling au­di­ences of all ages with their cre­ative and in­no­va­tive pro­gram­ming since 2011. By spe­cializ- ing in ad­ven­tur­ous, yet ac­ces­si­ble, reper- toire, along with beloved fa­vorites, Aspen Winds pro­vides a re­fresh­ing new way to love cham­ber music. In past sea­sons, un­con­ven­tional el­e­ments have in­cluded sto­ry­telling, cos­tumes, and/or in­clud­ing guest artists, to cre­ate a unique mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

As parents and ed­u­ca­tors, the mem­bers of Aspen Winds are pas­sion­ate about en- ter­tain­ing and ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren through Mu­si­cal Out­reach pro­grams, es­pe­cially in un­der­served ar­eas. We have been work­ing in con­junc­tion with the NOVA Cham­ber Music Concert Se­ries for the past three years, specif­i­cally per­form­ing for ju­nior high au­di­ences. For younger au­di­ences, we cre­ate a fun and en­gag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in which they are in­tro­duced to the joys of mak­ing music. One of the ways As- pen Winds does this is to in­clude works that meld fa­vorite sto­ries or well-known fairy­tales to music. Some of these works in­clude Fer­di­nand the Bull, The Ugly Duck­ling, The Stead­fast Tin Soldier, and The Fool and his Fly­ing Ship (a Rus­sian fairy­tale). And, of course, Peter and the Wolf!

Aspen Winds also en­cour­ages and em- braces col­lab­o­ra­tion; not only through com­mis­sion­ing new cham­ber works, but also through part­ner­ing with other amaz- ing Utah artists to cre­ate a dy­namic and ex­cit­ing concert ex­pe­ri­ence. Since music doesn't nec­es­sar­ily have to be made in a concert hall, Aspen Winds en­joys per- form­ing in ev­ery con­ceiv­able, and some- times un­usual venues; from recital halls to art gal­leries to un­con­ven­tional spa­ces. Aspen Winds mu­si­cians also per­form with other or­ga­ni­za­tions in the In­ter- moun­tain West, in­clud­ing the Utah Sym- phony, Bal­let West, Or­ches­tra at Tem­ple Square, Boise Phil­har­monic, Utah Wind Sym­phony, Utah Baroque En­sem­ble, Salt Lake Choral Artists, and Utah Cham­ber Artists.

Aspen Winds is com­prised of five mu­si­cians who are Sally Humphreys on flute, Amy Gab­bitas play­ing clar­inet, Luke Pfeil on bas­soon, Luca de la Florin with his oboe, and Anita Miller play­ing the horn.

On May 20, we wel­come tenor, Paul Cave. Paul be­gan par­tic­i­pat­ing in per- form­ing arts pro­duc­tions his se­nior year of high school. In col­lege, he was a per- for­mer/chore­og­ra­pher for the BYU Young Am­bas­sadors (2012-14). He is cur­rently an ad­junct English pro­fes­sor at BYU, coaches com­pet­i­tive ball­room danc­ing, and is a Si­na­tra/Bublé-style singer for cor­po­rate and other events.

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