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March 29, 2012
The Wind Ensemble, directed by Christopher Nicholas, Ph.D., tries something new by breaking into a variety of smaller musical groups to perform the chamber works of Richard Strauss, Charles Gounod, Gordon Jacob and Henri Tomasi.
The concert will include:
Serenade for Winds, Op. 7, written by Strauss at 17, features jaunty themes and was considered mature enough to become a standard in the chamber music repertoire.
Gounod’s Petite Symphonie features an expansive opening chorale that exploits blended wind timbres to their richest capacity.
The moving Andante cantabile is the emotional centerpiece of the work and features an operatic flute solo. Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles is a spirited, light-hearted setting of four early English songs; this concert features the fourth movement, ‘Early One Morning.’
An award-winning teacher and performer, Christopher Nicholas, Ph.D., is director of bands and conducting at Colorado State.
He was honored in 2010 for his accomplishments as a conductor when he was elected through a comprehensive audition process to perform in Kiev, Ukraine, as an invited guest conductor of the professional orchestra in residence at the Liatoshinksy Acadamie of Music. He was one of seven conductors worldwide invited to perform, and is the first American band conductor to be invited in the Festival's history.
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