Scott Teeple, conductor.
An Outdoor Overture, Copland
Mare Tranquillitatis, Roger Zare
Oboe Concerto, Jennifer Higdon
with Aaron Hill, oboe
Lincolnshire Posy, Percy Grainger
The opening concert of the Wind Ensemble’s 2017/2018 season will begin with Classics Old and New. Aaron Copland set his own Outdoor Overture for both orchestra and wind band. “Outdoor Overture” won Mr. Copland the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 1945.
Mare Tranquillitatis, or “Sea of Tranquility,” is the location where man first landed on the moon. Roger Zare was commissioned by a consortium of university band programs, including ours at UW-Madison. Mr. Zare was a composer–in–residence with the UW Bands during the rehearsals and premiere of this work.
Jennifer Higdon, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, is among the most recognizable names among living composers. Like Aaron Copland, she set her “Concerto for Oboe” for both orchestra and wind band. The wind band version came about after the University of Michigan Bands approached Ms. Higdon asking her to set the concerto for wind band. The UW-Madison Wind Ensemble is pleased to be joined by faculty member Aaron Hill as soloist.
Percy Grainger’s setting of folk songs in the famous “Lincolnshire Posy” will conclude the program. The work, is a musical collection (bouquet) of six folk songs. The metric variety and orchestrational colors continue to make it a standard in the repertoire. The work was given its world premiere in Milwaukee in 1937. At the time, only the first, second and fourth movements were performed. The demands of the third and fifth movements caused Mr. Grainger to remove them from the performance. He is quoted as saying it was because some “cared more about their beer than the music!”