The Hope College Wind Ensemble will perform two world premieres during a concert on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The first of the premieres will be a newly commissioned piece for solo flute and chamber winds, “The Conjurer,” by Dana Wilson. Wilson holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently the Charles A. Dana Professor of Music in the School of Music at Ithaca College. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe and East Asia. They have received several prizes, including the Sudler International Composition Prize and the Ostwald Composition Prize, as well as awards from the International Trumpet Guild and the International Horn Society. "The Conjurer"will be performed flutist Gabe Southard, who is an associate professor of music and director of the Wind Ensemble. Music faculty member Brad Richmond will guest conduct the Wind Ensemble for the piece.
The second world premiere will be Southard’s Wind Ensemble arrangement of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Symphony No. 2 (Antar).”
The Hope College Wind Ensemble is the premier wind group on the Hope campus, and performs a wide variety of music, from standard works, to cutting-edge, 20th-century works, to chamber pieces. The Wind Ensemble performs several concerts each semester both on-campus and off-campus, including a Halloween concert and during Musical Showcase at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.