State University of New York Geneseo
1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454
The Wind Ensemble, with James Walker, Conductor, and the Geneseo Clarinet Choir, with Ernest Lascell, Director, open their fall season Friday, October 24 at 8:00 PM in Wadsworth Auditorium on the SUNY Geneseo campus. The concert is free and the public is cordially invited.
The Wind Ensemble features masterworks from band and wind ensemble repertoire; works that are acknowledged as among the finest pieces written for the genre in the last century.
James Walker, Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, had this to say about the Wind Ensemble’s major works on Friday’s program: “Two major English composers, Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, established a tradition of writing serious literature for the instruments found in a military band. The “Toccata Marziale” by Vaughan Williams and the “First Suite” by Gustav Holst stand as landmarks for fine wind literature over the past century. Also on the program is Howard Hanson’s “Chorale and Alleluia”. Hanson, the first director of the Eastman School of Music, and frequently considered as the dean of American composers at mid-century, wrote several serious pieces for winds. The “Chorale and Alleluia” is one of his best works in any medium!” Other works include James Hosay’s “Black Granite” Symphonic March, “An American Salute” by Morton Gould, and “October”, a contemplative seasonal work by the American composer Eric Whitacre.
The Clarinet Choir, one of Geneseo’s newest ensembles, features a lively transcription of Rossini’s famous “Italian in Algiers” Overture, as well as a suite of seasonal pieces on summer, fall, winter and spring, “Seasonal Sketches” by the American composer Everett gates.
We hope you will be able to attend.