Symphonic Winds"The Sounds of Place"
Directed by Steven Dennis Bodner.
The Williams Symphonic Winds will give a concert on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Celebrating the 100th birthday of Olivier Messiaen, the Symphonic Winds lives up to its reputation for unusual and creative programming with a concert that explores how Messiaen and other composers construct identity through relationships with the concept of place, ranging from celestial villages (Olivier Messiaen’s La ville d’en-Haut) to busy urban centers (Gustav Holst’s Hammersmith) to solitary landscapes (John Adams’s El Dorado). Also on the program is music by Eve Beglarian, John Harbison, David Lang, Ingram Marshall and the world premiere of Jonathan Newman’s My Hands Are a City.
The Williams Symphonic Winds is a 60-member ensemble dedicated to performing the most significant music written for the chamber and large wind ensemble mediums in provocative concerts. Now in his ninth year as Music Drector, Steven Dennis Bodner has developed the ensemble’s identity as a leading proponent of the performance of new music on campus. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered a number of works by contemporary composers, including Williams faculty and alumni. Recognized as one of the premier wind ensembles in New England, the Symphonic Winds performed at the 2006 College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference. In recent years, the Symphonic Winds has been noted both for its adventurous and creative programming and for the quality of its performance, described as “astounding” by critic-composer Barton McLean and “amazingly good” by the composer Louis Andriessen.