Thursday, January 11, 2017
Humphrey Memorial Chapel
Sunday, January 14, 2017
First United Methodist Church
The video above is of the concert entitled, "Pairings," in which the WWO is paired with a pair of artists who joined our pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns in music by Milhaud, Enescu, and Bernard.
Conductor and Music 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.
The WWO selects performance repertoire based on the belief that chamber music for winds has historic and contemporary artistic significance. The repertoire determines the specific instrumentation of the group, ranging from harmoniemusik for eight winds up to thirteen players or more (sometimes including piano, selected strings, or percussion).
We are committed to expanding the repertoire for winds through commissions, and has given the premiere performance of several works by prominent American and European composers. The WWO has premiered Seven Pieces of Wood by Swedish composer, Anders Astrand, Three Movements for Winds by Keith Carpenter, Divertimento for Piano and Double Wind Quintet by Hugo Hartig, and Olde New York by Rick Kirby.
We also love to take our audiences on adventures in programming to explore the intersections between the various art forms that can enliven our experience in the concert hall. We have worked with professional actors (e.g., Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat and Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night’s Dream), dancers (e.g., Milhaud's Little Symphony), painters, partner ensembles (e.g., Global Percussion Network, Sweden), and a wide array of regional and international soloists.