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Wind Ensemble & Symphony Band

Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, 7:30pm, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
$10 general public; $5 seniors/students/UMass employees; UMass students free  Buy Tickets

Wind Ensemble & Symphony Band: Beginnings

Matthew Westgate, conductor
Gregory Spiridopoulos, trombone soloist

The Wind Bands are back! ...kicking off their concert season with “Beginnings.” Both Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble will be recording a CD of new commissions throughout the year, highlighting the trombone virtuosity of UMass Professor of Trombone Greg Spiridopoulos and the compositional talents of UMass music faculty. Lacrima by UMass Professor of Composition Salvatore Macchia begins the series. The concert closes with John Williams' Adventures on Earth, a transcription of the powerful last ten minutes of Stephen Spielberg’s film E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

Fanfare Politeia (2020) - Kimberly Archer
Reminiscence (2019) - Kathryn Salfelder (Samantha Franciosa, conductor)
Sir Dancealot’s Retro Workout Mix for trombone & symphonic band (2021, world premiere) - David Mallamud (Greg Spiridopoulos, trombone)
Letter from Home (1944) - Aaron Copland, trans. Belski (Madeline Wight, conductor)
Scenes from the Louvre (1966) - Norman Dello Joio

Festive Overture, Op. 96 (1954) - Dmitri Shostakovich
Magnum Mysterium (1994) - Morten Lauridsen, arr. Reynolds
Lacrima for Trombone and Wind Ensemble (2021, world premiere) - Salvatore Macchia (Greg Spiridopoulos, trombone)
Adventures on Earth (1982) - John Williams, trans. Lavender

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