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CANCELED: WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds and Contemporary Music Festival

Event Date:Thursday, March 28, 2013
Event Time:7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Location: Duerksen Fine Arts Center, Miller Concert Hall

The WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds will share the WSU Duerksen Fine Arts Center Miller Concert Hall stage with the Contemporary Music Festival (CMF). The featured composer for the CMF is John Biggs. John Biggs received his Masters degree in composition from the University of California at Los Angeles, doing further study at the University of Southern California and the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium. He also served as composer-in-residence at six colleges and universities in Kansas. As a performer, he founded the John Biggs Consort, which toured internationally under Columbia Artists Management, specializing in medieval, renaissance, and 20th century music. As a composer, he has won numerous awards and honors including a Rockefeller Grant, Fulbright Grant, Atwater-Kent Award, ASCAP "Serious Music Award" every year since 1974 and a number of "Meet the Composer" grants from diverse parts of the United States.

Performances by the Chamber Winds will include Biggs' "Rounds for Brass" and "Concerto for Viola, Woodwinds and Percussion." Featured soloist is Associate Professor of Viola Catherine Consiglio. The Chamber Winds will perform a new work, "Changing Winds," by Dr. Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn, WSU Assistant Professor of Music, Composition, Theory, & Technology. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Biggs' "Foreground Music" and conclude the concert with Warren Benson's "Passing Bell." The distinguished composer Warren Benson (1924-2005) is best known for his innovative and expressive music for wind ensemble and his finely wrought song cycles. Benson created compositions for band and wind ensemble that are masterworks in the repertoire and acclaimed as "among the most important of this century." His music has been performed in more than 50 countries throughout the world and some 30 works have been recorded. Warren Benson was in residence at WSU for the 1995 Contemporary Music Festival.

The Contemporary Music Festival will also feature a recital March 28 at 1:30 p.m. in Wiedemann Hall of Biggs' chamber music, including "Liturgical Sonata" for Organ and Two Trumpets, "Cowboy Suite," and "Invention for Flute and Tape." Students performing "Dance Suite" will be oboist Heather Henning, violinist Courtland Mahoney, violist Hailey Hatche and cellist Elaines Whitmire. Graduate student Veronica Mascaro will be the featured flute soloist.

The tickets for this event are $7 with discounts available, and they go on sale March 7. For more information and tickets, call the WSU Fine Arts Box Office at (316) 978-3233.

Buy your tickets online: http://www.wichita.edu/j/?2046

Open to the public.
Sponsored by: The WSU School

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