40th birthday concert

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Date(s) - Saturday, October 17, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Northmont United Presbyterian Church



Founded in October 1975 as America was preparing for the Bicentennial, the Winds have made music of the United States a permanent repertoire emphasis.  One of the group’s most popular programs on tour, From Sea to Shining Sea provides a panorama of the American musical landscape.  Featured are a rare unpublished work by symphonist Roy Harris, who was a resident of Pittsburgh for two years; a set of folk melodies beautifully set by William Grant Still, the dean of African-American composers; a transcription of the piano suite Water Scenes including the famous Narcissus by Ethelbert Nevin, a renowned Romantic composer who lived in Edgeworth; and R. James Whipple’s Fantasy on America the Beautiful, written in memory of Aaron Copland.

ErberkThe Winds will be joined by pianist Erberk Eryılmaz.

This concert commemorates the founding of the Renaissance City Winds by oboist Eric Draper in October 1975.

William Grant Still: Miniatures, for flute, oboe, and piano
Roy Harris: Sextet
Arthur Berger: Quartet in C Major, for woodwinds
Wallingford Riegger: Concerto for piano and wind quintet
Ethelbert Nevin: Water Scenes, Op. 13
R. James Whipple: Fantasy on America the Beautiful (1991)