Bienen Ensembles

Symphonic Band

Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7:30pm CST

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Shawn Vondran, conductor

The Symphonic Band's second winter-quarter performance opens with Charles Ives's Variations on "America"—a witty work infusing the patriotic tune with barbershop quartet harmonies, an irreverent polonaise, and ultra-fast playing. Roshanne Etezady's poignant Against the Rain, based on the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem Love Is Not All, is a contemplation of the ways we suffer and sacrifice for love. David Maslanka's Traveler concludes the first half of the program—moving from high energy to quiet contemplation, the piece reflects on one's adventures over the course of a lifetime. The second half of the program is devoted to Zhou Tian's 2022 Sinfonia, inspired by cultural influences close to the composer's heart: 1940s and '50s noir films, the New York City subway, Shanghai's Mid-Autumn Festival, and the 1869 completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the US.

Charles Ives, Variations on “America”
Roshanne Etezady, Against the Rain
David Maslanka, Traveler
Zhou Tian, Sinfonia

Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with valid ID.

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Pick-Staiger Concert Hall


50 Arts Cir Dr
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Pick-Staiger is a 972-seat hall located in the Arts Circle on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The main lobby entrance for concerts is on the west side of the building (revolving and regular doors). Since its inception in 1975, the hall has functioned as both a classroom and performance facility for Bienen School of Music performing ensembles, faculty recitals, festivals, and professional guest artists.