CCM Wind Symphony welcomes Lakota East guest ensemble in season finale on April 21
The program pairs Michael Colgrass’ “Urban Requiem” and Steven Bryant’s “Concerto for Wind Ensemble"
The CCM Wind Symphony closes its 2023-24 season with “Urban Requiem,” a concert that contemplates the complex emotions of endings while celebrating life. Joined by the members of the Hinotori Saxophone Quartet and the Lakota East High School Winds, the performance features Michael Colgrass’ Urban Requiem, for four saxes and wind orchestra and Steven Bryant’s blockbuster Concerto for Wind Ensemble. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.
Michael Colgrass’ Urban Requiem, which premiered in 1995, gives the concert its title. Like a liturgical Requiem Mass, Colgrass’ music is meant to lament and contemplate loss—though he specifically looks to the violence and tragedies that occur in cities. Colgrass chose to highlight the saxophone because of its association with jazz, a genre associated with American cities, as well as the instrument’s versatility.
In addressing the complex emotions evoked by a requiem, the saxophone “can be highly personal and poignant in character but also powerful and commanding. It can howl like a banshee or purr like a kitten,” wrote Colgrass in a program note for the piece’s premiere. He went on to say that the four saxophones are meant to sound like “a vocal quartet, a music that was liturgical in nature but with a bluesy overtone, a kind of 'after hours' requiem.” The Hinotori Quartet, which joins the CCM Wind Symphony for Urban Requiem is comprised of James Bunte, Masahito Sugihara, Om Srivastava and Jim Romain.
Steven Bryant’s “Concerto for Wind Ensemble” is “a tour de force for all members of the CCM Wind Symphony,” says Adam Friedrich, Graduate Conducting Associate for CCM Wind Studies. Composed over the course of several years, the Concerto began as a commission for the United States Airforce Band in 2006. Instead of simply evoking the idea of flight through musical motifs, Bryant instructs the players to imitate formations performed by the USAF Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, with musicians dividing into groups and playing from all sides of the auditorium. The result is a showstopping, surround-sound experience for the audience.
Bryant later partnered with a consortium of universities to expand the piece into five movements, incorporating moody jazz solos and full-throttled percussion fanfares. The fifth movement, a brilliant, tutti finale, is sure to excite.
With music influenced by everything from jazz to Baroque progressive rock, “this concert has something for everyone to enjoy,” says Friedrich. Showcasing the broad range of the Wind Symphony’s capabilities, the program is a celebration of the end of an academic year, as well as the students whose hard work made the season possible.
CCM Wind Symhpony
Kevin Michael Holzman, music director and conductor
Featuring the Lakota East High School Symphonic Winds
Rob Tanis and Andrew Desmon, directors
Lakota East High School Symphonic Winds:
- Maker’s Mark
Ryan Nowlin (b. 1978)
- Fanfare “Renewal”
Matt Klohs (b. 1973)
Joseph Spaniola (b. 1963)
- Three Latin Dances
Jeff Tyzik (b. 1951)
- I. Danzòn
- II. Cha Cha
- III. Malambo
CCM Wind Smyphony:
- Urban Requiem
Michael Colgrass (b. 1932-2019)
Featuring the Hinotori Quartet
- James Bunte, soprano saxophone
- Masahito Sugihara, alto saxophone
- Om Srivastava, tenor saxophone
- Jim Romain, baritone saxophone
- Concerto for Wind Ensemble
Steven Bryant (b. 1972)
- 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets are $19.50; student and group discounts available. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office!
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- CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor
- The Corbett Endowment at CCM
- Dance Department Sponsor
- All-Steinway School Sponsor
- Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
- Community Partners
- The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
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- Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer
Gary & Barb Cummins
Jim & Linda Miller
George & Carroll Roden
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- Genevieve Smith
- Opera Production Sponsor
- Rafael and Kimberly de Acha
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Featured image at the top: The CCM Wind Symphony performing on stage. Photo/Andrew Higley.
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