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The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs its final program of the 2016-17 year. The repertoire includes a memorial tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky who passed away in 2016, and Pulitzer composer William Bolcom's "Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Band," commissioned in part by the Penn State concert bands and featuring faculty saxophone professor David B. Stambler. A co-winner of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble's 2016-17 Concerto Competition, Ian Adams, will also perform as euphonium soloist in Ron Nelson's "Night Song."
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by director of concert bands Dennis Glocke. He is assisted by graduate wind conducting student Brett Penshorn.
This event is available on livestream at the Penn State School of Music.
Funeral Music for Queen Mary ♦ Steven Stucky* (Brett Penshorn, conductor)
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Band ♦ William Bolcom* (David B. Stambler, soprano saxophone)
Parade (from Pacific Celebration Suite) ♦ Roger Nixon
Night Song ♦ Ron Nelson (Ian Adams, euphonium)
Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber ♦ Paul Hindemith, transcribed by Keith Wilson
*This year marks the 100th awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes. The first Pulitzer Prize for music was awarded in 1943 to William Schuman. Penn State School of Music faculty, students, and ensembles will be performing a variety of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers during the 2016-17 season. Steven Stucky won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for his Second Concerto for Orchestra. In 1988, William Bolcom won the prize for 12 New Etudes for Piano.
Ian Adams is a sophomore euphonium performance major, studying in the studio of School of Music professor Velvet Brown. In addition to participating in multiple ensembles in the School of Music, he also performs in the Hollidaysburg Community Band. After graduation, he plans to pursue a master's degree in euphonium performance. Ian is the son of Duane Adams and Jane Carothers of Altoona, PA.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier wind/percussion ensemble in the School of Music. This highly select forty-member ensemble is comprised of the finest wind and percussion instrumentalists on campus. It performs a variety of repertoire ranging from chamber music to literature that utilizes the full ensemble. It concertizes extensively both on and off campus and is open to all students, regardless of major, by audition.