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Arts / Entertainment

Wind Ensemble performs chamber music

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 Wind Ensemble, a select group of about 60 members, prides itself in performing music with the clarity and authenticity that the composer envisioned.Sunday, April 1
2-3:30 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
Organ Recital Hall

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.’  

Directed by Christopher Nicholas

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.


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

Get tickets.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-2463