The Little Rock Wind Symphony returns to kick off the 2014-2015 season. Entitled “Energy and Reflection” it features guest artist Christopher Wilson on trumpet as well as the musicians of the LRWS. Following the departure of music director Karen Fannin, concerts this year are featuring conductor candidates. Tonight’s concert is under the baton of Timothy Oliver. The program includes:
Robert Jager: Esprit de Corps
Vincent Persichetti: Divertimento for Band, Op. 42
Gordon Jacob: “Intermezzo” from An Original Suite
arr. Mendez and Koff: La Virgen de la Macarena
Christopher Wilson, trumpet
Paul Basler: Mangulina
David Maslanka: Requiem
Frank Ticheli: “Apollo Unleashed” from Symphony No. 2
The concert is sponsored by Bob Bidewell in honor of the LRWS musicians. It begins at 7:30pm at Second Presbyterian Church. Tickets are available at the door.
The Wind Symphony performs concerts each fall, winter, and spring in addition to its vastly popular Christmas Concert in December. All concerts are held at Second Presbyterian Church. Another annual seasonal highlight is the “Stars and Stripes Celebration” in honor of Flag Day, held outdoors in June in MacArthur Park.
The Wind Symphony has performed in cities throughout Arkansas. Out of town concerts are usually sponsored by arts and education groups.
The Wind Symphony is supported financially by donations received from concert attendees and from individuals’ and corporations’ concert sponsorships. The musicians donate their time, effort, and talent as a gift to the city and to the audiences who hear them play.