Symphonic Wind Ensemble: American Perspectives

October 22, 2021

This program is a journey through five distinct reflections on the American experience. Beginning with a celebration of our national pastime, we travel through the pastoral, idyllic sounds of Copland’s music and arrive at the Hailstork, a powerful depiction of the brutality of American racism. In the second half, we hear the music of Ulysses Kay, nephew of legendary jazz musician, King Oliver. The program ends with the music of Kay’s teacher, Paul Hindemith, with music that was written following his immigration to America.

Mallory Thompson, conductor
Jeffrey de Seriere, doctoral assistant conductor

(00:12) Carolyn Bremer, Early Light

(05:53) Aaron Copland, The Promise of Living

(13:01) Adolphus Hailstork, American Guernica

(24:58) Ulysses Kay, Solemn Prelude

(31:07) Paul Hindemith, Symphony in B-flat Major

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