Do you believe in fate? Some see it as a supernatural force that determines our destiny. Whatever your view, as a music lover you know that music can move us in mysterious ways. And on the evening of May 4, the Washington Wind Symphony will attempt to do just that by performing a collection of extraordinary compositions, carefully selected by Conductor Dr. Ed Powell to remind you of the inspirational power of live, instrumental music.
Saturday night's concert will feature:
"Finish Line"-Several paintings by futurist artist Giacomo Balla inspired composer Cindy McTee to depict a speeding automobile in this pulsing, spirited piece. Powered by mechanized, hard-driving rhythms from the percussion section, "Finish Line" is nothing short of a fun ride.
"Symphony No. 6"-Said to be one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, Vincent Persichetti immersed himself in music from the age of five. From the opening horn call to the exciting "Vivace" finale, you'll hear why this important piece in concert band repertoire has been an audience favorite for more than 50 years.
"Finale from Symphony No. 5"-The most popular of his 15 symphonies, Dmitri Shostakovich penned the Fifth in 1937 under the stress of knowing that Stalin would determine his fate and that of his friends and sponsors. Critics describe this dynamic fourth movement as "heroic and tragic," yet the composer deftly guides us through to a brassy, triumphant ending.
"A Hymn for the Lost and the Living"-On the morning of 9/11/2001, composer Eric Ewazen was teaching music theory at the Julliard School, several miles from Ground Zero. Come hear his portrayal of the epic sadness and pain he and all Americans felt in the days that followed that memorable catastrophe.
"Incantation and Dance"-It's not by chance that Dr. Powell included this composition (ahem)…by John Chance. Don't be pacified by the calm, quiet opening. Keep your senses attentive as the dance gradually builds rhythmic tension toward a frenzied and dramatic conclusion.
Add to that a touch of antiphonal brass and a toe-tapping march, and you've got a voluptuous variety of harmonic indulgence in store on the evening of May 4. So take a chance and allow our melodic repertoire to control your destiny as we bring our concert season to a delightful close. $13.00 Youth/Senior