This concert features both “New and Old” in wind band music. First year composition professor Eric Guinivan represents the “New” by performing his "Fractured Light." This 2012 composition is a wonderful, new addition to the wind band repertoire, and Dr. Guinivan is a gifted composer who is a wonderful, new addition to the School of Music. The composition projects images of “fractured light” through many different and imaginative musical gestures.
Paul Hindemith’s monumental work for band, the "Symphony in Bb," represents the “Old.” This cornerstone of the repertoire is a tour-de-force of ingenious counterpoint and neo-classical structures.
Other works include "Fantasia and Fugue in c minor," Ron Nelson’s "Rocky Point Holiday" and Malcolm Arnold’s "Four Scottish Dances."
The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad is the premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble at James Madison University, and incorporates the wind ensemble concept of one-player-per-part. With an active performance schedule, the Wind Symphony is committed to performing the great works of the wind-band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition.
Since 2007, the ensemble has hosted on-campus residencies with composers David Maslanka, John Mackey, Michael Daugherty, Joel Puckett, Steven Bryant, Donald Grantham and JMU alumnus Brian Balmages. The ensemble has also presented consortium premiers of Maslanka’s Symphony No. 8, Puckett’s The Shadows of Sirius, Grantham’s Tuba Concerto, Plog’s Concerto 2010 and Balmages’ Portraits in Bluestone. As part of JMU’s annual Contemporary Music Festival, students have had the opportunity to work with composers such as Karel Husa, Joseph Schwanter, Don Freund, Donald Erb, John Harbison, Francis McBeth, Mark Camphouse and Samuel Adler.
In addition to an active on-campus concert schedule, the Wind Symphony has performed at the College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association conventions in New Orleans, Charlotte, Williamsburg and Greensboro, plus numerous performances for the VMEA Conference. They have also performed at the Kennedy Center in 2007 and 1987. Graduates of the Wind Symphony hold positions in several of the Washington-based military bands, military post bands and symphony orchestras throughout the world; numerous graduates are serving as noted educators and conductors throughout the country.