Wind Ensemble

Williams Symphonic Winds

Steven Dennis Bodner, director

A Long Night’s Journey Into Day
This concert will explore the ways that composers have treated–both literally and metaphorically–the concepts of day and night in music.

Toru Takemitsu: Day Signal (Signals from Heaven I)
Joseph Schwantner: New Morning for the World
David Bedford: Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves
Osvaldo Golijov: Night of the Flying Horses
David Kechley: Midnight Reflections
Darius Milhaud: La creation du monde
Joseph Schwantner: In Evening’s Stillness
Toru Takemitsu: Night Signal (Signals from Heaven II)

The Williams Symphonic Winds will give a concert on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus.  This free event is open to the public.

This evening of music will explore the ways that composers have treated–both literally and metaphorically–the concepts of day and night in music.  The concert will juxtapose the five tableaux of Darius Milhaud’s landmark La Creation du monde against works by Joseph Schwantner (New Morning for the World and In Evening’s Stillness) Toru Takemitsu, Gustav Mahler and David Kechley.

The Williams Symphonic Winds is a 40-50 member ensemble dedicated to presenting performances of the most significant music written for the chamber and large wind ensemble mediums. Now in his eighth year as Music Director, 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.