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We're 50 musicians who are dedicated to preserving and sharing the enjoyment of classic wind band literature. Attend our next concert!
We're 50 musicians who are dedicated to preserving and sharing the enjoyment of classic wind band literature. Attend our next concert!

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Thanks everyone who came to our last concert of the season yesterday during a beautiful sunny afternoon. We hope you enjoyed it!

It was also our last concert at Kirkland Performance Center. We will be performing at Redmond Performance Arts Center next season at 2pm on the following Sundays.

October 29, 2017
December 17, 2017
March 18, 2018
June 17, 2018

See you at the new venue. Have a great summer!

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With Memorial Day upon us, Dr. Ed Powell was moved to assemble a variety of selections that emote joy, as well as sorrow, while we reflect on and honor loved ones lost.
*  "Bayou Breakdown"—Having earned his Ph.D. in Music Education at Louisiana State University, composer Brant Karrick built this piece on jazz and bluegrass melodies heard around the Mississippi Delta, then crafted them into fugal counterpoint. Bluegrass or Bach? You decide.
*  "Be Thou My Vision"—Considered to be one of the most prolific composers of our time, David R. Gillingham is also an accomplished pianist and euphonium player. Based on the popular hymn, this piece is meant to connote a message of both hope and faith.
*  "O Magnum Mysterium"—Modern composer and three-time Grammy nominee Morten Lauridsen's inspirational depiction of the Christ child's birth setting has been one of the most performed compositions since its premiere in 1994.
*  "In Memoriam"—Johan Halvorsen wrote this funeral march in 1910 to honor his very close friend and revered Norwegian poet Bjornstjerne Bjornson. Listen carefully for vocalizations by band members, adding to the mysteriousness of this lovely work.
*   "Wayfaring Stranger"—Christopher M. Nelson arranged this version of the folk song "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" for Dr. Danh Pham and the Washington State University Wind Ensemble. It premiered in Pullman in October of 2014.
*  Symphony No. 4 "West Point"—A two-movement masterwork, Morton Gould composed this symphony for West Point's Sesquicentennial Celebration. Watch (and listen) for the rare and peculiar "marching machine" employed by the percussionists in the first movement.
*  "The Vanished Army"—Kenneth J. Alford wrote this march in 1918 to honor the first 100,000 men who fell while fighting tyranny in World War I. You may recognize snippets of popular tunes quoted throughout this piece, including "It's a long way to Tipperary."
So be sure to add May 21st to your calendar and join us for this memorable musical event.

Mark your calendar! Join the Washington Wind Symphony as we perform our final concert of the season at the Kirkland Performance Center on Sunday May 21st at 2pm.

Conductor Dr. Ed Powell leads the Eastside's premier band in playing Gould's Symphony No. 4 "West Point," "In Memoriam" by Johan Halvorsen, Karrick's "Bayou Breakdown" and other moving and melodic selections.

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Come celebrate spring with us next Sunday March 26th, 2017 at 2pm at Kirkland Performance Center!

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Believe it or not, spring is nearly upon us! Come celebrate the season of renewal as conductor Dr. Ed Powell leads the band in a program featuring these refreshing musical works:
*  "The Hounds of Spring" - Beloved American composer Alfred Reed drew his inspiration for this work from the poem "Atlanta in Calydon"—a modern recreation of an ancient Greek tragedy by Algernon Charles Swinburne. The piece intertwines tender, harmonic textures to depict a magical picture of young love in springtime.
*  "O Magnum Mysterium" - Born in Spain in the mid-1500s, composer Tomas Luis De Victoria was an accomplished organist in the Cathedral at Avila. Originally written as a chant and scored for choir, he composed "Oh, Great Mystery" to reflect the joy and reverence of the Nativity.
*  "Danzon No. 2" - The dance style danzon originated in Cuba, and is an important part of today’s Mexican folklore. Composer Arturo Marquez was moved to write this piece after a visit to a ballroom in Veracruz. At times both intimate and wild, you’ll enjoy its satisfying, harmonic melodies and stirring, nostalgic rhythms.
*  "Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa" - A graduate of Wayne State University, composer Ira Hearshen played trumpet and arranged R&B music for Motown bands in Detroit. He later became a popular film music arranger, and received two nominations for a Pulitzer Prize in Music. In this symphony, Hearshen pays homage to Sousa, widely known as the "March King." Its four movements are based on themes from some of the most popular Sousa marches, including "Fairest of the Fair" and "The Thunderer." Hearshen’s dramatic and inventive musical constructions will delight, enthuse, and surprise any fan of John Philip Sousa.
So be sure to add the last Sunday in March to your calendar and join us for this memorable musical event!

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We had a great concert yesterday, and celebrated our conductor Dr. Ed Powell's 10th anniversary with us!

Mark your calendar! Our next concert is on Sunday March 26th, 2017 at 2pm at Kirkland Performance Center. The concert is titled "Prima Vera," with the following program.

Hounds of Spring - Alfred Reed
Io Tacero - Carlo Gesualdo
Danzon - Arturo Marquez
Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa - Ira Hearshen

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What better way to start the New Year than with a "blank slate"? Dr. Ed Powell assembled this program to renew your spirit while highlighting the many musical talents of the Eastside's premier wind ensemble. The band will perform a dramatic variety of distinctive works, including:
*  "Shortcut Home"—Interweaving a variety of musical styles along the way, composer Dana Wilson's jazzy shortcut eventually leads us to its final "home" on a C major chord.
*   "Watchman, Tell Us of the Night"— Based on the hymn, "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come", Mark Camphouse penned this thoughtful and powerful tone poem as a tribute to the survivors of child abuse.
*   "Machine" (Finale from the "Fifth Symphony")—An American composer who studied at the University of Washington, William Bolcom uses edgy, metallic sounds to evoke an inanimate machine in this hard-charging, sometimes frenetic work.
*   "Wedding Dance"—Russian Jacques Press composed this lively horah (a traditional Jewish circle dance) as part of "Hesseneh," his symphonic suite for orchestra. Its inviting pulse and infectious energy will leave you searching for the nearest dance floor.
*   "Ave Maria"—Written by Franz Biebl and originally scored for male voice and then choir, Robert Cameron arranged this hauntingly beautiful piece for band.
*   "Firefly"—Inspired to write this piece while watching his four-year old daughter chasing a firefly, composer Ryan George deftly ignites our imaginations by creating delightful musical analogies of birds, waterfalls and insects.
*   "Overture to the Cowboys"—Beloved American composer John Williams takes us on a ride across the open range via a strong, Western theme in this playful film score from the 1972 movie, The Cowboys.
So be sure to add the last Sunday in January to your musical slate and join us for an extraordinary afternoon of exhilarating music!

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What a wonderful concert this afternoon! Our next concert, titled "Tabula Rasa", is on Sunday January 29th, 2017 at 2pm at Kirkland Performance Center.

Wedding Dance - Jacques Press
Ave Maria - Franz Biebl
Machine - William Bolcolm
Overture to the Cowboys - John Williams
Firefly - Ryan George
Watchman Tell Us of the Night - Mark Camphouse
Shortcut Home - Dana Wilson

Mark your calendar and see you next year!

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Treat yourself to this wonderful concert this Sunday October 30th, 2016 at 2pm at Kirkland Performance Center! Hope you can make it!
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