Bienen Ensembles

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Friday, October 13, 2023 at 7:30pm CDT

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Mallory Thompson, conductor; Dustin Nguyen, trombone (2023 Concerto Competition winner)

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble opens the academic year with Kevin Day’s spirited Dancing Fire, which evokes the image of friends dancing and celebrating around a roaring bonfire. The work is followed by Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, originally written for a cappella choir; its shimmering, fluid harmonies depict a radiant and angelic visitation. Launy Grøndahl’s dramatic Concerto for Trombone features 2023 Northwestern Concerto Competition winner Dustin Nguyen as soloist. Concluding the program is Ottorino Respighi’s monumental tone poem Pines of Rome, in the year of its 100th anniversary.

Kevin Day, Dancing Fire
Eric Whitacre, Lux Aurumque
Launy Grøndahl, Concerto for Trombone
Ottorino Respighi, Pines of Rome

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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.