February 13, 2012

We finally have a working title, and music for our commissioned piece from Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). His new work is titled The Order of an Empty Place. Below are DBR's program notes on the piece, hot off the presses. The Wind Orchestra is very excited to premier this new and exciting new work for full instrumentation wind orchestra plus solo electric violin, and we hope to have a...

January 23, 2012

At our next concert, titled "Czechs and Balances", UMWO will be performing a wind work that does not get much time in the sun, so to speak, perhaps because of its unorthodox instrumentation, or perhaps because it can be difficult to place the meaning, or double meaning, of the work. Dr. Michael Votta will be conducting this work, and he has created a very interesting insight in his pro...

December 8, 2011

See the video below, which features John Corigliano speaking to an audience about his Third Symphony, Circus Maximus. UMWO is performing this piece tonight and tomorrow night at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at 8:00 PM. Come out and see this piece, which is brilliant, and in many ways a spectacle in the best meaning of the word!

November 4, 2011

On Friday's UMWO concert (Dekelboum Hall, Nov. 4th, 8:00 p.m. UMD College Park), The ensemble will be performing Igor Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments. Here, Graduate Conductor Dave Wacyk speaks about the rehearsal process.

August 14, 2011

Our November 4th concert will feature Toru Takemitu's Signals from Heaven. The piece consists of two antiphonal fanfares for brass instruments in two groups, the overall instrumentation being 4 hns, 5 tpts (1 picc.), 4 tbns, 1 tba.

Toru Takemitsu, (1930 – 1996) was a Japanese composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory. Among many of his attributes as a composer, was his orchestr...

August 6, 2011

This Tuesday's Composers Datebook entry featured wind music: John Harbison's Three City Blocks. In this composition, the composer taps into a period where every hotel in a major city had their own dance band. Like other composers of wind music, Harbison uses a hint (perhaps more than a hint in Three City Blocks,) of jazz influences. Click here to listen to the Datebook e...

August 2, 2011

I thought it would be good to highlight an ensemble which has served as an excellent model for the UM Wind Orchestra in recent years. 8 years ago, conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez and artistic adviser Joseph Horowitz teamed up to form the DC-based Post-Classical Ensemble. This ensemble is really the essence of "New Lights" (an initiative UMD has put forth to re-create the concert going expe...

July 28, 2011

More wind music today on the Composers Datebook, this time describing the events which led to Sousa leaving the Marine Band to form his own touring band. As you'll hear, the reason for this was, in part, due to the band leader's personal finances.

July 25, 2011

In a never-ending search for new material for this blog- material that embodies the character and interests of the UMD Wind Orchestra, I have come across a feature in the New York Times Opinion section online, called "The Score". According its website,

"The Score features the writings of composers on their work and the issues involved in creating music in the 21st century, as the t...

July 23, 2011

Below is bio of the modern violinist/composer phenom Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). He will be performing a new piece commissioned by UMWO this coming spring at College Park, and its sure to be an excellent concert! This is from the bio on his website.

"Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader, Haitian-American artist Da...

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