world premiere

Guest Soloist with UCLA Wind Ensemble

UCLA Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble Concert
Wednesday, May 30, 8 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall
Free Admission

The concert opens with the UCLA Symphonic Band, an ensemble comprising talented students from across campus. Repertoire includes Frank Erickson’s Toccata for Band, a classic since its composition in 1957; Greg Danner’s award-winning Walls of Zion, based on the revivalist song set most famously by Aaron Copland; Charles Ives’s delightful Old Home Days suite; and Steven Bryant’s MetaMarch, which quotes and transforms themes from Americans We and The Liberty Bell.

The UCLA Wind Ensemble presents mostly contemporary works, beginning with Dana Wilson’s driving Shortcut Home and followed by three premieres—the West Coast premiere of the wind version of Los Angeles composer Adam Schoenberg’s Canto, the world premiere of UCLA composition student Vittorio Russo’s Invocation for wind ensemble and electronics, and the world premiere of the wind version of Robert Tindle’s At Sixty Miles an Hour concerto for bass trombone.  The latter work was premiered in its earlier versions with piano and orchestra by UCLA alumnus Will Baker ’10, who returns to solo with the UCLA Wind Ensemble for this performance. Baker currently serves as principal bass trombone of the Monterey Symphony and Des Moines Symphony and has also played recently with both the San Francisco and Detroit symphonies.

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Augusta Read THOMAS  BRIO for Orchestra (2018 World Premiere)

BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7

Joseph Giuntaconducting
Christopher O’Rileypiano

From beginning to end, it is among the most beloved symphonies ever written. Wagner called Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony “the apotheosis of the dance.” Experience its sheer joy and rhythmic energy as we continue our 80th Season, ‘Music in Motion.’ But first, pianist and host of NPR’s ‘From the Top’ Christopher O’Riley returns to Des Moines for a bravura performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. The vigor and grandeur of Beethoven’s spirited composition will uplift and inspire.

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Augusta Read THOMAS  BRIO for Orchestra (2018 World Premiere)

BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7

Joseph Giuntaconducting
Christopher O’Rileypiano

From beginning to end, it is among the most beloved symphonies ever written. Wagner called Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony “the apotheosis of the dance.” Experience its sheer joy and rhythmic energy as we continue our 80th Season, ‘Music in Motion.’ But first, pianist and host of NPR’s ‘From the Top’ Christopher O’Riley returns to Des Moines for a bravura performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. The vigor and grandeur of Beethoven’s spirited composition will uplift and inspire.