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Pictures at an Exhibition

September 20, 2011

Mussorgsky’s piano masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition is a warhorse of the symphony stage, but we have a new snapshot of “Pictures” by Texas arranger Merlin Patterson. It’s truly a horse of a different color! Soloist for the evening is pianist Anton Nel performing Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky.

Fanfare: Salute to Dallas (Richard Taylor)
Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble Brass, Fred J. Allen, conductor

Mikhail Glinka, arr. Hindsley: Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
Serge Prokofieff, arr. Goldman: Athletic Festival March, Op. 69, No. 1
Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra – Anton Nel, piano
Alexander Scriabin: Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 2 (for the Left Hand) (encore) – Anton Nel, piano
Modeste Mussorgsky, arr. Patterson: Pictures At An Exhibition
John Philip Sousa: Hands Across The Sea (encore)

Hymn to a Blue Hour

October 18, 2011

John Mackey is known for fast, frenzied, high energy music. For something completely different, John brings you Hymn to a Blue Hour… a lovely, leisurely and lyrical ballad for band. Richard Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi and Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral spice up the rest of the show.

Fanfare: Singularity (Mark Scott)
Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble Brass, Phillip L. Clements, conductor

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Overture in C
John Mackey: Hymn to a Blue Hour
Michael Daugherty: Bells for Stokowski
Richard Wagner: Rienzi Overture
Gustav Holst: Second Suite in F for Military Band
Richard Wagner: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral
John Philip Sousa: Semper Fidelis (encore)

Variations on a Theme

November 8, 2011

We’ve got a whole variety of variations on this program: Variations on a Theme of Paganini, arranged by James Barnes. Two by Aaron Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody and Finale from Symphony #3. And one more variation: our own Steve Pettey plays Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Solo Oboe and Wind Ensemble.

Fanfare: Fanfare Euphorie (Armando Aguirre)
Louisiana State University Brass, Joseph Skillen, conductor

James Barnes: Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Niccolo Paganini
John Philip Sousa: The Liberty Bell
Jennifer Higdon: Concerto for Oboe and Wind Ensemble
Aaron Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody from “Appalachian Spring”
Aaron Copland/arr. Ira Wong: Symphony No. 3, Finale
John Philip Sousa: The Thunderer (encore)

Christmas at the Meyerson

December 20, 2011

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas the Wind Symphony way! It’s a Sleigh Ride full of favorites, with a few Minor Alterations that will make you Deck the Halls and Sing Along. So Rest Ye Merry! You’ll definitely want to Be Home for this Christmas.

Fanfare: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Mendelssohn/David Lovrien)
Dallas Wind Symphony Brass & Percussion

Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Delvyn Case: Rocket Sleigh
J.S. Bach, arr. Reed: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
John Wasson: Jingle Bells Fantasy
Martin/Blane, arr. Mills: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Kent/Gannon, arr. Shaw: I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Alfred Reed: Russian Christmas Music John Wasson: Festival Fanfare for Christmas
David Lovrien: Minor Alterations: Christmas Through The Looking Glass
arr. Biondi: The Christmas Song (Don Fabian, saxophone)
arr. Silvester/Harris: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Traditional: Christmas Sing-along
Leroy Anderson: A Christmas Festival

Kingfishers Catch Fire

January 24, 2012

No birds were harmed in the making of this concert. It’s what happens when sunlight catches a kingfisher’s wings, and the catchy name of another delight by John Mackey. Also, Ottorino Respighi’s The Fountains of Rome. plus a really big finale with the Lay Family Organ, the DWS, and the GDYO Wind Symphony pumping out Polka & Fugue from Schwanda by Jaromir Weinberger.

Fanfare: Preludium (Gary Gazlay)
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony Brass & Percussion, Nicholas Williams, conductor

A Gershwin Valentine

February 14, 2012

Rhapsody in Blue. With George Gershwin at the piano! Really. In 1924, Gershwin recorded the Rhapsody with Paul Whiteman’s band – and through the wonders of Zenph software, you get to hear him play every nuance of his piano part on a concert grand with the DWS. Piano man Jeff Hellmer plays Gershwin’s Concerto in F and he leads the band in a Valentine’s night filled with romantic songs… And, by George, they’re all by George!

Fanfare: At The Speed Of Sound (Eli Fieldsteel)
Wind Ensemble Brass & Percussion from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Luis Martinez, conductor

Strike Up the Band
Our Love is Here to Stay
Concerto in F
Fascinating Rhythm
Someone to Watch Over Me
Medley from “Porgy and Bess”
Embraceable You
Rhapsody in Blue

Invitation to the Dance

March 13, 2012

Swing your partner, because it’s all about the dance. Dances of Six from William Tell – Gioacchino Rossini. I Went to the Ball – Don Grantham. You get the picture. Clarinet wonder Hakan Rosengren joins the band for Frank Ticheli’s Concerto for Clarinet and Concert Band. Oh, and just for grins, the William Tell Overture.

Fanfare: Arrival (Sotirios Melissis)
Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, Joseph Missal, conductor

Donald Grantham: J’ai Ete Au Bal
Frank Ticheli: Concerto for Clarinet and Concert Band
Rossini: William Tell Overture
Rossini: Passo a sei from William Tell
David Lovrien: The Esquire (Southwest Premiere)

Procession of the Nobles

April 24, 2012

Rimsky Korsakov’s opera Mlada was a dog, but it had one real show-stopper: Procession of the Nobles. Once we’ve stopped the show with that, master saxophonist Timothy McAllister gets things rolling again with the Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Orchestra by Ingolf Dahl. You’ll love it, dahling.

Fanfare: Empire (Brian Casey)
University of North Texas Symphonic Band Brass, Dennis W. Fisher, conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov: Procession of the Nobles
Dahl: Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Orchestra
Bizet/Serebrier: Carmen Symphony

Star-Spangled Spectacular! TWO SHOWS!

July 4, 2012

Nobody says, “Happy Birthday, America!” like the Dallas Wind Symphony. So break out the bunting and join the party! This celebration will have you feeling red, white and blue from the top of your stovepipe hat to the tips of your star-spangled toes.

NOON Show: Allen Performing Arts Center

4:00pm Show: Meyerson Symphony Center

Morton Gould: American Salute
arr. Frank Ticheli: Amazing Grace
Henry Fillmore: Americans We
John Philip Sousa: Semper Fidelis
Herbert L. Clarke: Sounds of the Hudson
Brian Shaw, cornet
Gershwin/Shaw: Summertime (encore)
John Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
George M. Cohan: Star-Spangled Spectacular
Leonard Bernstein: Dance Music from “West Side Story”
Edwin Franko Goldman: On The Mall
arr. Bob Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
arr. Carmen Dragon: America The Beautiful
John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever (encore)