NDSU Wind Symphony Featured on Minnesota Public Radio
June 19, 2013
Minnesota Public Radio, 91.1 FM, will highlight the NDSU Wind Symphony, featuring soloist Dr. Matthew Patnode, saxophone, performing Piet Swerts "Dance of Uzume" on Thursday, June 20, around 3:15 p.m.
Under the direction of Director of Bands Warren Olfert, the piece premiered during the Inaugural Gala Concert at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on March 12 and was performed again at Festival Concert Hall on March 24. The performance also will be featured online at classicalmpr.org.
“Dance of Uzume” was written in 2005 at the request of Japan’s premier saxophonist, Nobuya Sugawa. The work is a concertino based on a Japanese myth of the goddess of joy (Uzume) luring the sun goddess Amaterasu out of a cave where she has hidden. A variety of moods and styles are featured through the work, with lyrical interludes, a march-like central section and some Gershwin-like jazz characteristics.
NDSU School of Music ensembles have been featured regularly this spring on Minnesota Public Radio on both the regular broadcast and Choral Stream. Wind Symphony members and the Concert Choir were recently featured on Regional Spotlight for their performance of Jocelyn Hagen's "Swimming Into Winter" and selections from the Concert Choir performance in Zadar, Croatia were aired earlier this year.
NDSU’s Department of Music became the School of Music in September 2012, signifying its far-reaching mission encompassing a broad-based curriculum that includes professional doctoral programs in performance and conducting.