Wind Ensemble

Williams College Wind Ensemble

Windsemble-72The Williams College Department of Music presents a concert with the Williams College Wind Ensemble in Chapin Hall on Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams College Wind Ensemble melds contemporary and traditional art music for winds and percussion. Conductor Heidi Johanna Miller leads the Williams College Wind Ensemble.

The program is a refreshing sample of the modern wind ensemble repertoire. Familiar works by Percy Grainger and Richard Strauss contrast with pieces by exciting modern composers Jayce Ogren, Alan Hovhaness, Ferenc Farkas, and Ron Nelson. Artist Associate in Trumpet Nathan Botts performs as a soloist onPrayer of Saint Gregory by Hovhaness. Soprano Caroline Sinico ’14 is the featured soloist performing Die Nacht by Strauss. The ensemble, ever a source for new work, offers a world premiere, The Improbable Organ by Casey McLellan ’14.

An advocate for new music, Ms. Miller has guided world premiere performances of works by Stephen Hartke, Keir Neuringer, Carl Schroeder, James Patrick Miller, and Dawn Lenore Sonntag; in addition, her ensembles’ performances have been noted by composers Karel Husa, Steven Stucky, and Dana Wilson. In 2008, her dissertation research on the music of Steven Stucky was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the University of Minnesota where she also served as conductor of the North Star Band during the 2008-2009 season and a graduate teaching assistant in the wind band program from 2006 to 2009.

Recognized as one of New England’s premier undergraduate wind ensembles, the group has twice been invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference.