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HP Outing: Arizona Wind Symphony presents “Bandscriptions”

Humanities Project Outing!

Join Mike Franklin at Tempe Center for the Arts 

Happy New Year from the Arizona Wind Symphony

Arizona Wind Symphony presents “Bandscriptions”

Selections are an exploration of works transcribed from a variety of musical genres

Kicking off 2014, the Arizona Wind Symphony presents “Bandscriptions” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 8 at the Tempe Center for the Arts (700 W. Rio Salado Parkway). AWS will be performing a variety of works originally written for musical styles other than wind ensemble.  

Hear the AWS adaptation of the legendary Canadian Brass quintet’s "Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” This arrangement takes its feel from the streets of New Orleans as it starts the tune in the gospel mode then shifts into Dixieland.

The "Entry March of the Boyars" is taken from the orchestra stage. The work is very popular in Norway as the theme has been adapted to a weekly radio program airing on the Norwegian Broadcasting Network.

"The Seal Lullaby" originated as a choral work written by American Eric Whitacre. The choral setting of Seal Lullaby was inspired by the Rudyard Kipling poem White Seal. In the band composition, the driving pulse emulates the mother rocking her child to sleep.

"Espana Rhapsody" is a famous orchestral work by the French composer Emmanuel Chabrier. The piece was originally intended to be a piano solo, but Chabrier opted to score it for orchestra.

"Festive Overture" is a standard in the orchestral world and the band setting has also assumed the same stature. Written by Dmitri Shostakovich, it opens with a brass fanfare and works its way to extremely up tempo melodic lines through the woodwinds, lines that were originally intended for strings.

In its original presentation, Jeffrey Ouper wrote "Embers (for Wind Ensemble)" as a clarinet quartet. It was used in an ASU faculty and student dance recital and adapted for wind ensemble. Special note: Jeffrey is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at ASU.

Following the path of several Hungarian rhapsodies Franz Liszt is known for, he wrote the "Hungarian Attack March" for piano in 1943. The work was adapted for orchestra 32 years later.  

What: Bandscriptions

When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway

Tickets: $9 plus service fees; K-12 students $6; children under 6 years free. Tickets are available at the TCA Box Office or through

Now in its 13th season, the Arizona Wind Symphony is under the musical direction of William J. Richardson. It has grown to be a 90-piece concert band comprised of adults whose careers cover a broad range including teaching, health care, music professionals, computer science, and many more. The common thread among the band members is to present music of the highest caliber. The group is a Tempe-based non-profit organization, funded in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the City of Tempe. You can find more information at Follow the Arizona Wind Symphony on Facebook by searching for "Arizona Wind Symphony."

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