The Ohio University Wind Ensemble

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Ohio University Wind Ensemble presents 'European Union'

The Ohio University School of Music’s Wind Ensemble will present their fourth concert of the season, “European Union” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11 at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

The concert features music by European composers both old and new. Included is a performance to commemorate the centennial of Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F, Op. 28 No. 2, written in 1911 and based on English folk tunes.

Works of two other modern British composers are also featured. David Bedford’s minimalist “Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves” from 1982, and Adam Gorb’s 1996 work “Awayday” will be performed.

The latter is described by Bedford as an exciting mash up of jazz, Broadway and classical music that is a fast-paced car ride with “George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and James Bond.”

Also featured is Dutch composer Juriaan Andriessen’s Concertino for Bassoon with Wind Ensemble from 1962, featuring Assistant Professor of Music Matthew Morris on bassoon. Graduate conductor John Lopez will conduct a transcription of Richard Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from “Lohengrin.”

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Andrew Trachsel, is the select major concert band in the School of Music. Comprised of the best woodwind, brass and percussion players on campus, the Wind Ensemble performs approximately six to eight concerts on campus each year.

The event, supported by Arts for Ohio, is open to all and free to the public.