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On the Shoulders of Giants
The WWO presented two concerts featuring music inspired by and borrowed from others, including Jonathan Dove's creative new music based on Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and a brilliant double clarinet concerto from Rossini's Barber of Seville.
Music From Across Europe
The WWO celebrated their return from their 2017 Italy tour with a home concert at Carroll University featuring tour music, in addition to a new arrangement by conductor Lawrence Dale Harper of music by Jean Sibelius. Rounding out the program was delightful music originally for two lyre organizzate from Joseph Haydn's mature period .
The WWO Goes Wilder!
One of the most experimental of concerts ever undertaken by the WWO, this concert featured the music of that forgotten genius of American music, Alec Wilder. His numerous movements for jazz orchestra entitled Music for Wounded Birds and Lost Souls were often sung by Frank Sinatra.
My Italian Sojourn
After spending a sabbatical semester in the medieval town of Bevagna, Italy, conductor Lawrence Dale Harper, returned to the WWO with his new arrangement of music from Praetorius's Terpsichore. The suite consists of 7 delightful pieces of dance music for chamber winds, guitar, and a percussionist presented in the historical Renaissance performance tradition.
Let the Games Begin
"Let the Games Begin" featured music of Mendelssohn's Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, in a wonderful arrangement by Andreas Tarkmann.
Also on the program was Six Romances After Mendelssohn by Stephen Gryc, professor emeritus of the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. Based on the brooding and beautiful opening phrase of Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony, the piece takes the listener on journey of 6 variations of wide-ranging styles and tempos.
World Premiere: Olde New York by Rick Kirby
The WWO offered the first performance of Rick Kirby's wonderful new piece for chamber winds in February, 2017. Subtitled "A City's Portrait," each of the piece's 5 movements evokes the sights and sounds of each of the Big Apple's famous burroughs.
WWO in Italy, 2017
The summer of 2017 found the WWO returning to Italy for a second time for a series of four concerts, including an appearance at the Baroque Music Festival in Foligno and the International Conducting Symposium in Bevagna, Umbria. Repertoire highlights of the tour included Le Bal de Beatrice d'Este of Reynaldo Hahn and Emile Bernard's Divertissement.
First United Methodist Church
121 Wisconsin Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53186
The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra was established in 1995 and became the resident professional ensemble of Carroll University in 1998. The group features some of the finest musicians in southeast Wisconsin and is recognized as one of the only ensembles of its kind in the world.
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.
Personal site of conductor www.ldharper.com