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UCF Bands: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

UCF Bands: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

The UCF Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band present an exciting evening of diverse and expressive music that explores various genres and styles. Included on the program will be two world premieres: “Echo Chamber,” by UCF composer Alex Burtzos and “Zodiac Concerto II,” composed by Jim Stephenson and featuring guest artists Demondrae Thurman from Indiana University and William Caballero, Principal Horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

The UCF Bands will cap an entire day of activity associated with their Concert Band Invitational affiliated with the national Music for All organization with a concert featuring the UCF Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. The concert will feature world premiere performances, guest artists and guest composers.

The first half of the concert program will be presented by the Symphonic Band, directed by UCF Associate Director of Bands, Tremon Kizer. Amongst other top contemporary works composed for the wind band, the Symphonic Band will also present composer Adam Silverman’s Speaking Truth to Power for four solo percussionists and wind ensemble. Speaking Truth was written in 2018 as a response to and 50-year celebration of one of the most important works in the wind band repertory, Karel Husa’s monumental Music for Prague: 1968, about the Soviet invasion of the composer’s home country, and endeavors to embody the spirit of the statement, “When truth prevails, liberty will be restored.” This evening’s performance will feature guest soloists, Jeffrey Moore, Dean of UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities, Thad Anderson, UCF Head of Percussion Studies, Kirk Gay, UCF Professor of Percussion and Paige Madden ’21MA.

The second half of the concert will be given by the Wind Ensemble, directed by UCF Director of Bands, Scott Lubaroff. The Wind Ensemble will present two monumental world premieres, including Echo Chamber, by UCF faculty composer Alex Burtzos, and Zodiac Concerto II for solo horn, solo euphonium, and wind ensemble, by world renowned composer James Stephenson. Echo Chamber rethinks the way that the ensemble is setup on the stage to establish fields of sound that interact with and enhance one another, very much in the way that audio is fed through left and right channels in a stereo system. It incorporates pop music and jazz vocabulary into an exciting and innovative concert setting.

Zodiac Concerto II is a follow up on the first Zodiac Concerto performed and recorded by the UCF Wind Ensemble in 2018 and commercially released via Flying Horse Records. Like the first, Zodiac Concerto II will feature guest artists, William Caballero, Principal Horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Demondrae Thurman, Professor of Music in Euphonium and Chair of the Brass Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Composer Jim Stephenson will also be present for the performance, which will be simul-premiered by the President’s Own Marine Band.

Playbill

UCF Bands: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band

For the President’s Own (2013), by John Williams (b. 1932)
Speaking Truth to Power (2018), by Adam Silverman (b. 1973)
Thad Anderson, Kirk Gay, Paige Madden, Jeff Moore, Percussion Soloists
Portraits (1996), by Aldo Rafael Forte (b. 1953)
I. The Potato Eaters
II. La Berceuse
III. The Zouav
IV. The Drawbridge
V. Finale: Self Portrait of the Artiste

Wind Ensemble

Echo Chamber (2019), by Alex Burtzos (b. 1985)
–World Premiere–
Zodiac Concerto II (2022), by Jim Stephenson (b. 1969)
–World Premiere–
William Caballero, Demondrae Thurman, Solo Guest Artists
I. Leo
II. Pisces
III. Aquarius
Smoke and Mirrors (2010), by Erica Muhl (b. 1961)
His Honor (1933), by Henry Fillmore (1881-1956)

 


Symphonic Band Program Details

For the President’s Own (2013), by John Williams (b. 1932)

Named by President Thomas Jefferson in 1801, “The President’s Own” United State Marine Band, at over 200 years of age, is one of our country’s most venerable musical organizations, and recognized as one of the finest of its kind anywhere in the world. As a former member of an Air Force Band myself, one can imagine my delight and pride when I was invited to conduct the Marine Band in a concert of my music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2003. Working with them on several other occasions over the ensuing years, I’ve come to think of the Band and its directors, Colonel Tim Foley, Colonel Mike Colburn, and Lt. Colonel Jason Fettig as colleagues and friends, and felt extremely privileged and honored when in 2013, I was asked to write a piece celebrating the ensemble’s 215th anniversary. In writing “For The President’s Own,”I tried to create a worthy salute to the Band and its players, whose breathtaking virtuosity is always on display whenever they perform. In equal measure, their service to our country is consistently combined with their dedicated service to music itself, and we are all greatly in their debt.

– Program Note by John Williams

Speaking Truth to Power (2018), by Adam Silverman (b. 1973)

Thad Anderson, Kirk Gay, Paige Madden, Jeff Moore, Percussion Soloists Known for his percussion writing, Adam Silverman has composed several works for percussion ensemble, wind band, and chamber ensemble. One of his more notable works, Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink for marimba and wind band was performed by the UCF Wind Ensemble featuring Dr. Thad Anderson. Commissioned by seven universities, including the UCF Symphonic Band, Speaking Truth to Power was designed as a contemporary response to Karel Husa’s Music for Prague, 1968 and was composed for a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Husa’s work. Husa’s landmark composition musically addresses themes of resistance against an invasion of Czechoslovakia which was a Soviet response to the nonviolence movement of “Prague Spring” that had loosened restrictions on the media and civil liberties. According to Silverman, his work links Prague in 1968 to America in 2018, where media and civil liberties were under threat by an administration that was trying to restrict them through discrediting facts, promoting government-serving centralized propaganda, and placing new burdens on the most vulnerable citizens. In this piece, four percussion soloists are featured to speak one voice.

Van Gogh Portraits (1996), by Aldo Rafael Forte (b. 1953)
I. The Potato Eaters
II. La Berceuse
III. The Zouav
IV. The Drawbridge
V. Finale: Self Portrait of the Artiste
Aldo Rafael Forte is an internationally renowned composer with many published and recorded compositions to his credit. His works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded on all five continents by such ensembles as the Aulos Wind Symphony (Switzerland), Her Majesty's the Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards (UK), and American university bands from schools such as the University of Georgia, University of North Texas, Arizona State, and Kansas State University. Van Gogh Portraits is one of Forte’s most performed works. Each of its five movements depicts a different portrait that Vincent Van Gogh painted. Written for the United States Air Force Air Combat Command Heritage of America Band, Van Gogh Portraits is unified by just three pitches: B-flat, D, and A, culminating in an organized cacophony in the final movement.

Wind Ensemble Program Details

Echo Chamber (2019), by Alex Burtzos (b. 1985)

–World Premiere–

Echo Chamber, by University of Central Florida faculty composer, Alex Burtzos, was commissioned by the UCFWind Ensemble. It explores multiple dualities, on one hand fusing classical, contemporary, and popular musical genres in brilliantly seamless ways, and on the other, embodying a metaphorical interpretation of its own title. Dr. Burtzos, explains that “An ‘echo chamber’ can be (literally) a very reverberant space, or (metaphorically) an online community of like-minded individuals. The former is acoustically dangerous, in a way; a musical gesture, once stated, might lose its definition as it’s bounced around the reflective environment. But the latter meaning, the metaphorical one, is much more dangerous; an otherwise reasonable person, in this kind of echo chamber, might misplace their own identity, and begin to lose track of what is real and what is not. Echo Chamber is a work that plays with these dual interpretations. Ideas resound back and forth across the ensemble, evoking literal echo, while musical motives evolve, bit by bit, into unrecognizable versions of themselves.”

Zodiac Concerto II  (2022), by Jim Stephenson (b. 1969)

–World Premiere–

William Caballero, Demondrae Thurman, Solo Guest Artists
I. Leo
II. Pisces
III. Aquarius

Zodiac Concerto II was commissioned by a small consortium led by the University of Central Florida Wind Ensemble and also including The United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own.” Zodiac II is the second in a proposed “Zodiac Chronicles,” whereby at its completion there will be four Zodiac concerti, each written by a different composer, and all told, their combined twelve movements representing all twelve of the zodiac signs. UCF Director of Bands, Scott Lubaroff, along with William Caballero and Roger Oyster, commissioned, premiered, and recorded the first Zodiac Concerto, by Anthony DiLorenzo, in 2017-2018 (recording available via Flying Horse Records). In discussing this second installment there was no question that the composer to write it should be Jim Stephenson. Based in Chicago, but a long-time resident of Florida and former musician in the Naples Philharmonic, Mr. Stephenson has quickly become one of the 21st century’s most authentic and sought-after composers. Leading orchestras, wind ensembles, and instrumentalists around the world have performed and commissioned his music to critical acclaim. His music is characterized by a strong sense of melody and tonality, each embedded in a contemporary soundscape. Zodiac Concerto II’s first movement, Leo, is written in memory of Roger Oyster’s father, Dale Oyster. Pisces is Dr. Lubaroff’s zodiac sign, Aquarius the composer’s.

William Caballero

William Caballero is Principal Horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony and is Associate Teaching Professor of Horn in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. Mr. Caballero has been invited and presented master classes throughout the world and is in demand as a chamber musician, collaborating with artists such as Gil Shaham, André Previn, and Andre Watts and ensembles such as the Tokyo String Quartet, Principal Strings of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Center City Brass. He solos regularly with the Pittsburgh Symphony and has performed and worked with jazz musicians such as Chris Brubeck.

Demondrae Thurman

Demondrae Thurman is Professor of Music in Euphonium and Chair of the Brass Department in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Dr. Thurman has performed as soloist around the world, and many of America’s premier colleges and universities have hosted him as a performer and teacher. He has appeared as guest artist/clinician at euphonium festivals such as the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and Leonard Falcone Competition. Dr. Thurman is an active chamber musician, playing first euphonium and trombone in the Sotto Voce Quartet and first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and performs as euphonium specialist with symphony orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra.

Dr. Thurman’s appearance is partially sponsored by Warburton Music Products.

Smoke and Mirrors (2010), by Erica Muhl (b. 1961) 

Smoke and Mirrors was commissioned by the University of Southern California for the composer’s own 50th birthday. Composer, Erica Muhl explains that “while the work is entirely an expression of my style as it has developed through 2009, it contains several paraphrases of my compositions for orchestra spanning my twenty-four years at USC, from my student days in 1985 to today.” The work opens with a simple, forceful unison in low winds and percussion, soon giving way to exchanging colors, moving slowly at first, but then suddenly rising to a rapid-fire burst in brass and percussion. The music remains somewhat volatile until it reaches a wholly unexpected scherzo that unfolds lightly, dance-like. The final section of the piece builds slowly but directly to its climax, an extended reflection of the brass chords from the opening, then gradually and delicately dissipating like smoke.

His Honor (1933), by Henry Fillmore (1881-1956) 

Cincinnati native Henry Fillmore was a prolific composer-arranger and beloved band leader whose music and performances delighted audiences. He started his own professional band (the Fillmore Band) in Cincinnati in the 1930s, one of the last great professional bands of its kind. Over the span of his 50-year career, he (and his pseudonyms) wrote more than 250 original compositions, including 113 marches. Fillmore eventually moved to Miami and became involved with the bands at the University of Miami, where he had a lasting impact and where he left most of his estate. His Honor is just one of his many famous marches. Written in 1933, it is a brisk circus march with challenges for every instrument. Fillmore dedicated His Honor to Mayor Russell Wilson of Cincinnati, and it was probably played for the first time by the Fillmore Band during their concerts at the Cincinnati Zoological Gardens in August 1933. 

 


SYMPHONIC BAND ROSTER

*Denotes Principal

Flute

Kevin Luciano*
Maria del Rocio Rosa
Adriana Morell
Meredith Hart
Leah Crocker (picc)

Oboe

Joshua Nunes*
Emily Watford
Eleanor Studly (Eng Horn)

Bassoon

Andrew Nguyen*
Teagan Ferrin
Ana Reyes

Clarinet

Jacob Wagner*
Aubrey Hollingsworth
Ryan Jayne
Victoria Rivera
Mackenzie Fey
Alexis DiGiacomo

Bass Clarinet

Laura Diaz

Alto Saxophone

Jordyn Washington*
Jessica Lopez

Tenor Saxophone

Samuel Soliz

Baritone Saxophone

Gabriel Torres

Trumpet

Zachery Botchen*
Julian Cartisano
Alexander Cox
Thomas Leath
Sunny Lulla
Joshua Robles-Crespo

Horn

Cristian Caiola
Thomas Cutler
Kayla Herrmann
Sophie O’Brien*
Paige Rogalski
Jose Terrellas

Trombone

Tate Hostetler*
Jack Stadler

Bass Trombone

Harold Padilla

Euphonium

Logan Braue*
John La Cognata

Tuba

Lauren Banta
Alec Milner
Josh Woodlief*

String Bass

Andy Hernandez

Percussion

Levi Berry
Nick Byrnes
Joseph Cassidy*
Cameron Cobb
Ashley Gilbert
Samantha Matter
Nathaniel Woodall

Piano

Alec Milner

 

WIND ENSEMBLE ROSTER

*Denotes Principal

Flute

David Ma*
Amanda Wiebelt
Jonathan Platon
Ainsley Elgin (picc)

Oboe

Kaili Gruwell*
Vincent Artusa
Chloe Calderon

Bassoon

Erika Clippinger*
Joshua Butenschoen
Hazel Alonso

Clarinet

Rim Benhadda*
Trevor Frier
Michelangelo Emmanuelli
Caitlyn Pellegrini
Bailey Ouelette
Kevin Jimenez
Jesse Rigsby
Jaden Crawford

Bass Clarinet

Jexsel Zayas*
Gil Wartell

Alto Saxophone
Jacob Wagner*
Joanna Lung

Tenor Saxophone

Terra Childs
Baritone Saxophone
Colin Urbina

Trumpet

Zachery Sellers*
Jacob Johnson
Matt Gagne
Adam Zapf
Bryant Saint-Clair
Phebe Rich

Horn

Daniel Berman*
Olivia Boston
Blake Gassman
Kaylee Faulkner
Cassidy Phillips

Trombone

Dan Parrish*
Scott Scheunemann
Gabe Funk

Bass Trombone
Benjamin Fuller

Euphonium

Jethro Tajan*
Jack Stadler

Tuba

William Carpenter*
Justin McKinney

Electric Guitar

Samuel Hale

String Bass

Jackie Krist

Percussion

Ethan Nasypany*
Zach Schoonmaker
Michael Mortilla
Tara McGurk
Jessica Cowan
Zach Hoening
Jaysen Rosario

Harp

Sasha O’Kane

Piano

Sunny Lulla