Serving as the conductor of the Emory Wind Ensemble for the 2019-2020 year was an absolute joy and pleasure. Over the course of the year, we explored a lot of exciting repertoire, shared below.
“The Passions of the Soul” – Saturday, October 19, 2019
This program was based off of Decarte's final treatise, “The Passions of the Soul”, where he theorizes on the passions, or modern day emotions.
Joyride, Michael Markowski
Mountain Lake Photograph, Zack Stanton
“Voyages” for Solo Cello and Wind Orchestra, Steven Stucky
High Water Rising, Sally Lamb McCune
First Suite in E-flat, Gustav Holst
“Fused” – Saturday, November 23, 2019
This was a particularly exciting concert, as it was shared with the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, and a featured component of the Emory Percussion Symposium. Our repertoire explored the concept of fusion in music, from serialism, quartal, and triadic harmony in the McTee, to chant-like melodies and Japanese folk music in the Ito.
Notezart, Cindy McTee
Gloriosa, Yashuhide Ito
“Child’s Play” – Friday, February 21, 2020
This program explored child-like lightheadedness, wonderment, and unbridled joy. We also explored several non-traditional surprise elements: “surround sound” choir, dance, lighting changes, and interactive audience doodles.
Consort for Ten Winds, Robert Spittal
Children's March, Percy Grainger –– with members of the Emory Choirs
Mare Tranquillitatis, Roger Zare
The Solitary Dancer, Warren Benson –– Amy Zhang, Dancer
The Courtly Dances from “Gloriana”, Britten/Bach
March Op. 99, Sergei Prokofiev/Yoder
“Tis of Thee” – Friday, April 17, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19.)
This program explored tradition and unorthodoxy in American music for winds. Sadly, due to COVID-19, the concert never took place.
Carpe Diem, Sam Edwards ’20 –– Student commission and premiere
Esprit de Corps, Robert Jager
Resonances I, Ron Nelson
California, David Maslanka
Blue Shades, Frank Ticheli
A Mother of a Revolution!, Omar Thomas