November 5, 2018

Fanfare after Seventeenth Century Dances
Donal Michalsky 

Born: 1928, Pasadena, CA

Died: 1975

Composed: 1965

Duration: 8 minutes

Donal Michalsky was a native Californian. Born and raised in Pasadena, he received his DMA from the University of Southern California, studying theory with Halsey Stevens and composition with Ingolf Dahl. After completion of his studies, he chose to remain in the...

November 5, 2018

Winter Blossom

Xi Wang

Born: 1978

Composed: 2017

Duration: 18 minutes

Chinese-born composer Xi Wang has been considered one of the most talented and active composers of her generation. Her original concert music has been performed worldwide by notable orchestras and ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Spokane Symp...

November 2, 2018

Funeral Music for Queen Mary (after Purcell)

Steven Stucky

Born: 1948, Abilene, Texas 

Composed: 1991

Duration: 10 minutes

Stucky wrote Funeral Music for Queen Mary (after Henry Purcell) in 1991 for Los Angeles Philharmonic, who premiered the work on Feb. 6, 1992, in Los Angeles.

Stucky offers the following regarding his composition: 

“It was at the suggestion of Esa-Pekka Salonen that I tran...

September 11, 2018

Three Comments on War

Jan Meyerowitz

Ed. Erik Leung

Born: 1913, Germany

Composed: 1964

Duration: 10:40

Three Comments on War was commissioned by the Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association. The melody that serves as “Chorale” of the first movement, an anonymous secular French ballad of antiquity is the folk song “Jean Renaud,” which tells the story of a mortally...

September 10, 2018



Born: 1895, Hanau, Germany

Composed: 1948

Duration: 17 minutes

As part of our "Immigrants I" program on October, UMWO will perform Hindemith's "Septet", a piece of extremely unique character and instrumentation, which was quite popular in Hindemith's own time. Hindemith wrote it as a newly minted American Citizen, but while traveling back to his homeland following the War....

February 12, 2018



Born: May, 22 1833, Leipzig, Germany

Composed: 1864

Duration: 7 minutes

On the same day that his father, King Maximilian II died, on March 10th 1864, Ludwig II was crowned as his successor, aged 18. Several years previously, in 1861, he had heard Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” and “Lohengrin”, which was the beginning of an almost “addictive” affinity to his music. Immediately...

February 12, 2018


Berg, Alban

Born: February 9, 1885 – December 24, 1935, Vienna, Austria

Composed: 1923-1925

Duration: 42 minutes

On March 3rd, 2018, UMWO will perform, for the second time since the group's inception, Alban Berg's incredible Chamber Concerto, or Kammerkonzert. This piece is a great example of "Second Viennese" composition in its breadth and intricacy. The piece has a backgroun...

October 6, 2016

The graduate wind conducting studio visited the UMD SOM library Special Collections this morning to visit some of the artifacts from the Patrick S. Gilmore collection. What a privilege to play host to such a paramount leader in the history of the wind band!  

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