The College of Arts and Architecture

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

symphonic wind ensemble
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7:30pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

General admission $4.99/students $2. No advance ticket purchase is available. Ticket sales begin 45 minutes prior to the concert in the lobby. Cash only.

Penn State's Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents a concert including works by three Pulitzer Prize-winning composers and featuring student concerto competition winner Stephen Cannistraci in a performance of Rolf Wilhelm's "Concertino for Euphonium and Concert Band." The ensemble is conducted by Penn State's director of concert bands Dennis Glocke.

This concert is available on livestream at the Penn State School of Music.


Fanfare Ritmico ♦ Jennifer Higdon*

Concertino for Euphonium and Concert Band ♦ Rolf Wilhelm (with Stephen Cannistraci, euphonium)

Sounds, Shapes and Symbols ♦ Leslie Bassett* (In Memoriam)

Ballad for Band ♦ Morton Gould* pulitzer medal

Lincolnshire Posy ♦ Percy Grainger

*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. Jennifer Higdon won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for Violin Concerto. In 1966, Leslie Bassett won the prize for Variations for Orchestra. Morton Gould was a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer in 1995 for Stringmusic.

Stephen CannistraciEuphonium soloist, chamber musician, and teacher Stephen Cannistraci has performed with the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Valley Brass Band, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Wind Orchestra, Perseverance Band of Lebanon, and the Keystone Band of Rehrersburg. While performing with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, he has accompanied soloists Mark Kellogg, Allen Vizzutti, and Béla Fleck.

As a soloist, he has performed with the Perseverance and Keystone bands in community venues across central Pennsylvania. Also active as a chamber musician, he has performed with the Carillon Tuba Quartet, Nittany Tuba Quartet, and East End Brass – a traditional style German brass ensemble.

Formed in 2012 at the Eastman School of Music, the Carillon Tuba Quartet enjoyed success performing throughout Rochester NY, as well as finishing 2nd in the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference small ensemble competition. The quartet served as the Eastman School of Music’s Messinger Chamber Music Ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year, conducting teaching and performing residencies in rural communities around Rochester. Performances outside of Rochester included a reception for University of Rochester donors held at the Essex House in Manhattan. The Carillon Quartet was awarded Eastman’s John Celentano Award for excellence in Chamber Music in 2016.

Originally from Lebanon PA, Stephen is currently pursuing a masters degree at Penn State, studying with professor Velvet Brown. He holds undergraduate degrees in performance and instrumental music education from the Eastman School of Music, and was also awarded a Performer’s Certificate and Arts Leadership Certificate. He has performed in masterclasses given by Mark Jenkins, Bill Reichenbach, Toru Miura, and the Beaumont Brass Quintet. Primary teachers include Velvet Brown, Mark Kellogg, Larry Zalkind, Don Harry, Robert Rhine, and Wesley Nance.

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.