BYU Wind Symphony will perform March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center at BYU. Tickets are $10 for the public, $9 for alumni or seniors and $6 for those with BYU or student IDs. Tickets are available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at byuarts.com.
This year’s program is titled Potpourri because it draws from a variety of wind band compositions. Director Donald Peterson said he hopes the performance will bring in a large and varied audience due to the assortment of works the performance will include. Additionally, Ray Smith, the director of BYU Synthesis, will be a faculty guest saxophone soloist performing his piece, “Georgia On My Mind.”
“We are excited to present a concert with a diverse program,” Peterson said. “It really highlights the variety of music that our Wind Symphony performs—from legendary compositions to a saxophone solo by Ray Smith. Ray and I were members of the first ‘BYU Synthesis’ more than 40 years ago and it will be a real treat to get together again on the de Jong Concert Hall stage.”
“The potpourri we are playing for this concert showcases the virtuosity of our band,” said Wind Symphony student president and principal flutist, Nicholas Grasley. “From the jazzy harmonies of ‘Georgia on my Mind’ to the folk songs of Armenia, the band excels at capturing the essence of each piece amid the diversity of styles and colors.”
This year’s performance will include Gustav Holst’s “First Suite,” Carl Friedemann’s “Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 114” and Steven Bryant’s “Suite Dreams. Along with these classics, Wind Symphony will be performing “Fanfare,” by Nick Ayala, a senior composition major and former member of the band. This piece is a result of the ‘Barlow Student Composition Prize.’
Felicia Wisniewski will also be featured as a graduate guest conductor, conducting her final work as a graduate student in the Masters of Instrumental Conduction program – “Symphonic Songs.” This pieces was premiered in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in 1957 by a national collegiate honor band.
In addition to a full concert season each year, the Wind Symphony is BYU’s premier concert band and America’s most widely toured university concert band, touring internationally since 1987. The group consists of 50 of the university’s finest woodwind, brass and percussion players. Group members come from all parts of the United States and from many foreign countries. Most of the musicians are pursuing degrees in music, either in performance, composition or music education.
The band has performed throughout the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Republic of China, Russia, the Baltic States, Australia and New Zealand.
Wind Symphony has received national recognition and has been selected to perform at the College Band Directors National Association and the American Bandmasters’ Association.
Wind Symphony originates in the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.