Wind Symphony Invited to Perform at Conference

February 13, 2014

The NDSU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Warren Olfert, has been invited to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association In-Service Clinic, February 14 at 7:30 PM at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  Dr. Cecilia Kang will be the featured clarinet soloist and Dr. Sigurd Johnson will conduct one piece.

Schools from throughout the state of Minnesota auditioned for a performance opportunity and the NDSU Wind Symphony is the only out-of-state school selected.  They will perform pieces by Holst, Grainger, George and more in addition to Liquid Ebony by Dana Wilson, a piece featuring Dr. Kang that pays tribute to the Klezmer traditions of Eastern Europe.

Dr. Johnson will conduct A Mighty March by Timothy Mahr, a tribute to Johnson’s uncle and Mahr’s mentor, Miles “Mity” Johnson.  The work was written to honor Mity’s relationship with the Minnesota Symphonic Winds and premiered in 1999.

The NDSU Wind Symphony has performed at the North Central Regional Conference of College Band Directors National Association in addition to the North Dakota Music Educators Association Convention.  The ensemble has engaged in the commissioning of new works for wind band, including works by Timothy Broege, Frank Tichelli, Jack Stamp, David Maslanka and Jocelyn Hagen and continues to seek out new opportunities for the creation of new music.  Performances have included internationaly recognized perfoers such as Frank Battisti, Craig Kirchhoff, Allan McMurray, Thomas Hooten and more.


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