The San Antonio Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Robert Rustowicz, will make its first appearance in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on May 25th, 2016.
The program reflects a wide variety of musical styles and genres, from orchestral transcriptions to original works for winds, from melodious and expressive to textural, from conventional to contemporary. The program also draws from a variety of nationalities - France, England, Hungary, Armenia, Mexico and the United States.
The program will open with Hector Berlioz' Overture to the opera Benvenuto Cellini. Dr. Robert Hallquist, pianist, will be the featured soloist in Franz Liszt's Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Melodies. Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurumque ('Light and Gold'), originally choral composition, focuses on textural sounds. The Children's March of Percy Aldridge Grainger, an original work for band is a spirited work that introduces an infectious melody and then subjects it to a variety of treatments.
The American Salute of Morton Gould draws from the lighter, more popular vein of American band music while the Danzón No. 2 of Arturo Márquez draws from folklore and dance in the Mexican state of Vera Cruz. The Symphonic Prelude of Mark Camphouse was inspired by a visit to the Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer, France, that overlooks Omaha Beach and the English Channel. The program concludes with the Armenian Dances, Part I, by the popular and prolific American wind band composer, Alfred Reed.
1. Overture to Benvenuto Cellini - Hector Berlioz
2. Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Melodies - Franz Liszt - Robert N. Hallquist, soloist
3. Lux Aurumque - Eric Whitacre
4. Children’s March - Percy Grainger
5. American Salute - Morton Gould
6. Danzón No. 2 - Arturo Márquez
7. Symphonic Prelude (The Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer) - Mark Camphouse
8. Armenian Dances (Part I) - Alfred Reed
a. Tzirani Tzar (The Apricot Tree)
b. Gakavi Yerk (The Partridge's Song)
c. Hoy, Nazan Eem (Hoy, My Nazan)
e. Gna, Gna (Go, Go)