Department of Music
The UW-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble is returning to Carnegie Hall! The ensemble was the first ever university concert band to perform at the legendary venue and will again make history by presenting a concert at 8:00 pm on March 10, 2020 as part of the New York Wind Band Festival. The program is built to honor the host city featuring compositions that relate to New York City. John Mackey’s Asphalt Cocktail, which is meant to “capture the grit of the city. Picture the scariest NYC taxi ride!” opens the program. The green space of the beautiful parks is represented by Percy Grainger’s Country Gardens. We are extremely excited to give guest composer/performer Dr. Emily Koh her Carnegie Hall debut with her composition diver[city]. Dr. Koh is a Singaporean-born composer who currently teaches composition at the University of Georgia. She will perform on string bass. John Philip Sousa’s New York Hippodrome March is our nod to the site where the Sousa band had their longest single-site performance run. The concert concludes with Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed. The work is a salute to the strength and majesty of the great city! Dr. Sarah Reed Gehrenbeck will join SWE on this work performing on organ for her Carnegie Hall debut.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Glenn C. Hayes will travel to New York via coach from March 3 - 11, 2020 and stay at a Mid-Town Manhattan hotel. They are seeking donations to help with travel, meals, and accommodations. Thank you for making this performance trip of a lifetime possible with your donation.