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Post-modern/Romantic-ism - Thursday, May 6, 2010

UM Wind Orchestra Michael Votta, music director Stephen Dumaine, electric tuba

Thursday, May 6, 2010 8:00 pm - Dekelboum Concert Hall

Principal tuba player of the National Symphony Orchetra Stephen Dumaine joins the UM Wind Orchestra for a night of pieces that are a world apart. Post-modern/Romantic-ism will feature performances of David Lang's Are You Experienced? for electric tuba and orchestra, as well as Richard Strauss's 1945 Symphony for Winds. Learn more about these pieces and their composers here:

  David Lang: Are You Experienced? - Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music for The Little Match Girl Passion, composer David Lang is known for writing post-minimalist music that is inspired by modernism, minimalism, and rock. A co-founder of the well-known modern music ensemble Bang on a Can, Lang has found success as a performer, arranger, teacher, and composer of operas, orchestral, vocal, and multi-media pieces. This list includes a recording of Are You Experienced? for electric tuba and orchestra, the 1960s Jimi Hendrix anthem that inspired the work, and recordings of a number of other works by Lang.

  Richard Strauss: Symphony for Winds - A late composition that was not published until after the composer's death, this work originally bore the title Sonatina No. 2, "Fröhliche Werkstatt," AV 143/TrV 291 (1945). This piece, scored for an ensemble of 16 woodwinds and strings, was Strauss's second for this type of ensemble. It's companion is his first sonata, subtitled "Aus der Werkstatt eines Invaliden," AV 135/TrV 288, published in 1943. Want to listen to this piece and follow along with the score? Check out the library resources listed here!