Bienen Ensembles

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Friday, February 23, 2024 at 7:30pm CST

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Mallory Thompson, conductor

The ensemble’s second winter concert opens with two works by the late Romantic composer Richard Strauss. His Festmusik der Stadt Wien is a thrilling tribute to the City Council of Vienna, who had given Strauss a Beethoven Prize the year prior. Inspired by the music of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, Strauss composed his Serenade, Op. 7 at the age of 17. Anna Clyne’s Masquerade, a vibrant tribute to the 18th-century promenades held in London’s Pleasure Gardens, closes the first half of the concert. Karel Husa’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble concludes the performance with a showcase of the technical and virtuosic abilities of each instrument in the ensemble.

Richard Strauss, Festmusik der Stadt Wien (Festival Music for the City of Vienna)
Richard Strauss, Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7
Anna Clyne (trans. Dennis Llinás), Masquerade
Karel Husa, Concerto for Wind Ensemble

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.