The University of Minnesota, Morris Symphonic Winds presents its next concert on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at 3 p.m. in the Morris Area Schools Concert Hall.
December's concert includes the Morris Tuba Christmas Ensemble, which opens the performance with a lively combination of holiday favorites. Also headlining the performance is Matthew Torgerson, a junior from Clinton, and a Morris Academic Partner (MAP) who will lead the Symphonic Winds from the podium for Dmitri Shostakovich's Folk Dances.
Guest saxophone soloist Dana Booher, who has performed across the United States as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, will be featured in Tosca Fantasy. Booher, an associate instructor of saxophone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has appeared with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, Columbus Indiana philharmonic, Carmel Symphony, and Bloomington Pops orchestras.
The concert concludes with the Symphonic Winds performance of the long-awaited Minnesota premiere of David Maslanka's Symphony No. 8, a new work, which the ensemble had the honor to co-commission. Maslanka is a U.S. composer who writes for a variety of genres. Best known for his highly acclaimed wind ensemble compositions, he is considered by many to be the foremost active composer for the medium. Symphony No. 8 is a large three-movement work with a duration of more than 45 minutes, and it is widely considered to rank among the most challenging works recently composed for wind ensemble.
The Symphonic Winds is comprised of more than 80 musicians, both music majors and non-majors, who perform numerous concerts on campus during each academic year. While offering students opportunities to expand their technical, intellectual and musical horizons, the Symphonic Winds seeks to broaden performance and teaching skills by cultivating an interest in 125the wind ensemble as an integral part of the American music scene. Martin H. Seggelke, University of Minnesota, Morris assistant professor of music and music discipline coordinator, conducts the Symphonic Winds.
Tickets for the event will be sold at the door and in advance at the Morris campus Student Center information desk