The Kansas City Wind Symphony continues their 18th season, "Nights of Dreams, Imagination and Magic" with a free concert at Village Presbyterian Church located at 67th and Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kansas, on January 31, 2016, at 7:00 P.M. Entitled "Of Wonder and Imagination," the program celebrates the opening of the remodeled church sanctuary. The concert opens with a new setting for large brass ensemble of the famous “Fanfare” from the ballet “La Peri” by Paul Dukas. Following the fanfare, is Paul Creston’s “Celebration Overture” conducted by Langston Hemenway, Director of Instrumental Studies at William Jewell College in Liberty. Featured on the program is American composer Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 4 written for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in 1958. Although composed for orchestral winds, the work has been adapted for the instrumentation of the Kansas City Wind Symphony by conductor Phil Posey. It is an imaginative composition of three movements using a full battery of pitched percussion and extensive solos for marimba, bass clarinet and contra bassoon. A new work by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo entitled “Serenity” will open the second half of the program. Originally a choral work, it has been recently transcribed for wind band. Closing the concert will be John Corigliano’s “Gazebo Dances” written in 1978. One of his few works for wind band, Corigliano leads his listeners on a fanciful tour of four dances in whimsical mixed meter ending with an exciting “tarantella.” The ensemble is a member of the Village Arts Alliance of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, that includes the Kansas City Wind Symphony, Te Deum Chamber Choir and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium. The Kansas City Wind Symphony is conducted by Dr. Phil Posey and Ms. Pat Setser.
For complete information regarding the Kansas City Wind Symphony's 18th Season please consult their website: www.kcwindsymphony.org.