The University of Virginia’s Wind Ensemble presents their annual spring concert titled Jefferson: Past, Present, and Future on Sunday, April 26th at 3:30pm.
The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. William Pease, features 50 of the top brass, woodwind, and percussionists at the University.
The program ranges from the historical, with the Festival Overture by Dudley Buck, a noted American composer who wrote the piece in 1879 to celebrate Independence Day, to brand new music with the premiere of Judith Shatin’s Being In Time.
Scored for conductor-controlled electronics, wind ensemble and interactive video, and sponsored by a UVA Faculty Research Grant for the Arts, this innovative composition speaks to Jefferson’s excitement about the new technologies of his day.
A Kinect controller is used to read the conductor’s gestures, and microphones capture the music and use it to shape the video, based on images of Charlottesville and the surrounding area. In between these temporal bookends, come Tulsa, a hallmark composition for band written in 1950, and other newer works for wind ensemble.
Thomas Jefferson, represented by acclaimed actor Steven Edenbo, will guide the audience through the music.
Tickets for concert are $10 ($5 for Students, free for UVA Students who reserve in advance). Tickets can be reserved through the UVA Arts Box Office by visiting the website or calling (434)924-3376.
The concert will be held in Old Cabell Hall, located on the south end of UVA’s historic Lawn.
Image Credit: Photo of Judith Shatin by Mary Noble Ours