JANUARY 20, 2019 - 3:00 PM
WISCONSIN WIND ORCHESTRA
On the Shoulders of Giants
Established in 1995, the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra regularly performs at venues throughout Wisconsin, has made numerous recordings, and has appeared in concerts and music festivals in Europe as well. Their concert titled “On the Shoulders of Giants” features works composed by and inspired by the masters: Figures in the Garden by Jonathan Dove, which was inspired by Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro; and Variations on a Theme of Haydn by Brahms, which was inspired by Haydn’s Concerto for Two Lire Organizzate.
ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA
The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra was established in 1995 as one of the few professional wind chamber wind ensembles in the world. From 1997-2017 the group was the resident ensemble of Carroll University but established themselves in 2018 as a fully independent corporation with 501(c)3 status. Comprised of Wisconsin's finest freelance musicians, the ensemble builds on the tradition of musical excellence found in major symphony orchestras, the innovation of wind groups such as the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Netherlands Wind Ensemble, and the technical versatility of the premier military bands. The personnel of the WWO regularly perform with other noted orchestras such as the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Florentine and Skylight Opera Companies, Present Music, the Madison, Kenosha, Green Bay and Racine Symphonies, the Festival City Symphony, and the Madison and Concord Chamber Orchestras.
The performance repertoire spans a wide range of works, all written by master composers from Mozart and Haydn, to Mendelssohn, Grainger and Mussorgsky. The instrumentation varies according to the demands of the particular repertoire, resulting in eight to more than forty players playing in a given concert. The Wind Orchestra is also committed to the support of living composers and often programs new music that is accessible for audiences and rewarding for the performers.
In 2002, the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra embarked on a European concert tour, where it was the featured ensemble on a live radio broadcast from the famed Amsterdam Concertgebouw, home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 2006 the ensemble was invited to perform at the Northcentral Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association held at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
The WWO returned to Europe in the summer of 2015, concertizing in Italy and acting as ensemble in residence at the first international conducting symposium hosted by the Morlacchi Conservatory of Music in Perugia, Italy. The WWO returned to Italy in the summer of 2017 for another series of concerts, where they performed at the Segni Barocchi Festival in Foligno and was ensemble-in-residence for the International Music Project in Bevagna, Umbria.
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR & DIRECTOR
LAWRENCE DALE HARPER, established the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra (USA) in 1995 as one of the only professional wind ensembles in the world. They regularly perform concerts at venues throughout Wisconsin, have made numerous CD recordings acclaimed by the American Record Guide and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and have appeared in concerts and radio broadcasts at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the Conservatorio F. Morlacchi in Perugia, Italy. In their Europe concert tour of 2017 they were featured artists at the Segni Barocchi Festival of Foligno, Italy and appeared in concert in front of a sold out audience at the Teatro della Concordia in Montecastello di Vibio. In 2015 and 2017 they were also artists-in-residence at the International Music Project's International Conducting Symposium of Umbria, Italy.