Blown away by the wind ensemble

Thomas Yakey Jr. – Anchor Staff

Last semester, the wind ensemble truly blew the music department away with their fantastic sounds.  They were under the direction of Joseph Foley who has not conducted the group in a few years. Under his direction, the group performed pieces in two concerts, one of which commemorated civil rights icons including Rosa Parks and John F. Kennedy in a truly “All American” night.  

Due to the growth of the group under his direction, they were able to perform a difficult wind ensemble arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” which demonstrated the group’s technical and artistic abilities; the result was a graceful sound. The group continued the same drive and ambition from last semester, already being given a larger number of difficult pieces, ranging from marches to other great works.

Alec Ellsworth, a freshman B.A. music major with flute as his primary instrument commented, “[The RIC Wind Ensemble] has super good energy and many of the players, as well as myself, are excited to perform the pieces we have been given.  You should all come to the concert, because I know and promise it will be fantastic!”

The wind ensemble’s first concert of this semester is titled “Around the World” and is programmed with works for wind ensembles which have been composed globally.  This concert will show various sounds from different areas of the world, bringing a little touch of different countries to RIC. It will be performed Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall, located in the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts.  

Their second concert will be on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the same time and same place.  However, this concert is entitled “Homegrown and Hindemith” and their future performance of Paul Hindemith’s 1951 “Symphony for Band” is worth noting.  This piece originates from Germany and is truly “epic.” If you need more reason to go see their second concert, this piece will be worth the trip. For both concerts, general admission is only $10, and tickets are free for RIC students.

For more information about these concerts, including ticket pricing, please visit RIC’s website or check out future editions of The Anchor.