JMU Wind Symphony

Featuring Dr. Heather Coltman, piano soloist and Dr. Joanne Gabbin, narrator

Wed, Nov 1 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL

JMU Wind Symphony

Featuring Dr. Heather Coltman, piano soloist and Dr. Joanne Gabbin, narrator

Wed, Nov 1 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL


PHOTO BY BOB ADAMEK

The JMU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, is the premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble at JMU. This program features Dr. Heather Coltman, JMU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, as piano soloist for George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, as well as Dr. Joanne Gabbin, JMU Professor of English and Founder of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, as narrator for Joseph Schwantner’s New Morning for the World. This powerful and moving work pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A solo and collaborative concert pianist, Dr. Heather Coltman has performed, recorded, taught and lectured across five continents. Coltman made her performance debut in her native country of Zambia at the age of five, and immigrated to the United States in 1966. She holds a D.M.A. from the University of Texas, an M.M. from the Mannes College of Music in New York, and B.M. from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Coltman has critically acclaimed recordings on Wisdom Recordings, Klavier Records, Innova Recordings, Heng Hao Records and Lyra Productions. 

A professor of English at James Madison University, Dr. Joanne Gabbin founded the Furious Flower Poetry Center in 1999, prompted by the overwhelming success of the historic gathering she hosted at the university in 1994, which was the first academic conference on black poetry. As executive director of the center, Dr. Gabbin remains a visionary leader. She is the author of Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition, editor of Furious Flower: African American Poetry From the Black Arts Movement to the Present and The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry, and executive producer of the Furious Flower video and DVD series.

The JMU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, is the premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble at JMU. The Wind Symphony is committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition.

Since 2007, the ensemble has hosted on-campus residencies with composers including David Maslanka, John Mackey, Michael Daugherty, Joel Puckett, Steven Bryant, Donald Grantham and JMU alumnus Brian Balmages. The ensemble has also presented consortium premieres of Maslanka’s Symphony No. 8, Puckett’s The Shadows of Sirius, Grantham’s Tuba Concerto, Plog’s Concerto 2010 and Balmages’ Portraits in Bluestone. As part of JMU’s annual Contemporary Music Festival, students have had the opportunity to work with composers such as Karel Husa, Joseph Schwanter, Don Freund, Donald Erb, John Harbison, Francis McBeth, Mark Camphouse and Samuel Adler.


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