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International Masterpieces of the Wind World

November 18, 2010

The world of wind instruments and the musicians who compose for them are the inspiration for this Thursday, Nov. 18 concert featuring CSU's Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Acclaimed bassoonist Kathleen McLean joins the ensemble for Frigyes Hidas' Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble.

McLean former appointments include principal bassoon of the Canadian Opera Company and guest principal bassoon with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Thursday, Nov. 18
7:30 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
Griffin Concert Hall

The School of the Arts presents International Masterpieces of the Wind World with special guest Kathleen McLean, Bassoon.

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Wes Kenney, performs International Masterpieces of the Wind World.

From Stravinsky’s provocative Symphonies of Winds, to Gustave Holst’s crowning achievement for wind ensemble, Hammersmith, this evening is inspired by musical depth and genius.

Acclaimed bassoonist Kathleen McLean joins the ensemble on Frigyes Hidas’ Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble.

Commitment to Campus event

CSU faculty and staff may use free tickets received through the Commitment to Campus program to attend this event. Youth tickets (17 and under) are $1 each, so a family of four may attend the concert for just $2.

To redeem your complimentary pair of tickets, stop by the Ticket Office at the University Center for the Arts, or UCA, 1400 Remington St., during office hours on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 2–5 p.m., or call (970) 491-2787. Please have your CSU employee ID ready. 

Composer Frank Ticheli's Angels in the Architecture was inspired by the Sydney Opera House with its halo-shaped acoustical ornaments.

Inspired by Sydney Opera House

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Christopher Nicholas, performs works by American composers: Frank Ticheli’s Angels in the Architecture is inspired by the Sydney Opera House with its halo-shaped acoustical ornaments, and James Bonney’s modular work Watercolors – which allows the director to design a unique version of the piece – has raised funds for The Color of Water, a coalition of artists dedicated to bringing awareness to water conservation efforts. 

The concert will be followed by a Meet the Artist reception.

About Kathleen McLean

Kathleen McLean received her musical training at the Curtis Institute of music and has been associate principal bassoon of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1992. She is a much sought after chamber and orchestral musician recognized internationally and has participated in many chamber music festivals including the Evian International Festival, Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Scotia Festival and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.

She performs frequently with New Music Concerts, Amici Ensemble and is a founding member of the Caliban quartet, Toronto Wind Quintet and the Canadian Winds.

She was principal bassoon with the Canadian Opera Company and has played principal bassoon with the NAC orchestra. She has been soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony.

Kathleen has had the honour of participating in the World Orchestra for Peace under the baton of distinguished Valery Gergiev. The musicians who make up this orchestra are a selection of the finest players drawn from top international orchestras. She recently toured with them performing in London, Berlin, Moscow and Beijing.

Regular ticket pricing

  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (2 – 17)
  • $12/adult

Purchase tickets online.


Contact: Jennifer Clary
E-mail: Jennifer.clary@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-3603