JMU Wind Symphony and Syhmponic Band will be performing on Apr. 5

Photo by Kathy Lam

JMU Wind Symphony
and Symphonic Band

Thursday, April 5 @ 8 p.m., Concert Hall

The JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will host composer Steven Bryant in a two-day residency on the JMU campus. This is the fourth year of this tradition and past composers have included Michael Daugherty, Joel Puckett, John Mackey and David Maslanka. Bryant is a very active and “in demand” composer with a varied catalog, including works for wind ensemble, orchestra and electro-acoustic creations, chamber music, and music for the Web. You can learn more about Steven Bryant at his website: stevenbryant.com

The Symphonic Band will perform two of Bryant’s pieces from his “parody” collection, which are works based on compositions from the standard wind band repertoire. Bryant views these works as “remixes of the originals, as filtered through my hazy memory of playing these works.” The Symphonic Band will first perform the standard piece followed by Bryant’s version: Chester by William Schuman followed by Chester Leaps In. Then the First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst followed by Suite Dreams.

The Wind Symphony will perform Steven Bryant’s Ecstatic Waters, which is a piece for wind ensemble and electronics. Bryant writes, “Ecstatic Waters is music of dialectical tension — a juxtaposition of contradictory or opposing musical and extra-musical elements and an attempt to resolve them. The five connected movements hint at a narrative that touches upon naiveté, divination, fanaticism, post-human possibilities, anarchy, order, and the Jungian collective unconscious. Or, as I have described it more colloquially: W.B. Yeats meets Ray Kurzweil in the Matrix.” The Wind Symphony will also perform Gustav Holst’s master work for winds — Hammersmith — Prelude and Scherzo.

Ticket prices: $8–$10 Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the box office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and 1½ hours prior to performance). Major credits cards, cash, checks and JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $4 in person at the box office only with student ID. One ticket per ID. Student tickets are not available online. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.

Mailing Tickets/Will Call — Tickets that are ordered more than two weeks in advance of a performance will be mailed to the address on file. Ticket orders received less than two weeks prior to a performance will be held for pickup at the Will Call window.

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