Bienen Ensembles

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Friday, May 19, 2023 at 7:30pm CDT

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Mallory Thompson, conductor

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble concludes its performance season with a program exploring childlike innocence and imagination. Eugène Bozza’s Children’s Overture reflects the often boisterous essence of childhood. Set to text by American poet Anthony Silvestri and arguably one of Eric Whitacre’s most famous works, Sleep, with its rich harmonies, portrays a mind giving way to slumber. Equally popular in the contemporary music and wind band worlds, composer Viet Cuong explains that his work Moth “...seeks inspiration from the dualities between light and dark, beautiful and grotesque, reality and fantasy, and the ultimate decision to sacrifice sensibility for grace.” The center of the program is David Maslanka’s monumental A Child’s Garden of Dreams. Commissioned by former Northwestern University Director of Bands John Paynter and his wife Marrieta, the work is a musical depiction of the odd, fanciful, and troubling dreams of a 10-year-old child who had yet to experience life.

Eugène Bozza, Children’s Overture
Eric Whitacre, Sleep
Viet Cuong, Moth
David Maslanka, A Child’s Garden of Dreams

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 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.