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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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KING FM announcer Sean MacLean has chosen to feature music from our next concert next week on Classical KING FM’s Northwest Focus program!

Please tune into FM 98.1 next week at 8pm for the program. On Monday December 11th, Haydn Wood's Mannin Veen is featured around 8:22pm. On Tuesday December 12th, J. S. Bach's A Mighty Fortress is Our God is featured at 8pm. On Wednesday December 13th, David Lovrien's Minor Alterations is featured around 9:21pm. Last but not least, Percy Grainger's The Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol is featured at 8:35pm on Thursday December 14th.

See you at the concert next Sunday afternoon!

http://www.king.org/nwfocus/
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Come to our concert on Sunday December 17th at 2pm to enjoy beautiful wind music, and let Washington Wind Symphony be part of your holiday season.

You can get your tickets in advance online:

https://wwspeaceonearth.brownpapertickets.com/
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With the holidays rapidly approaching, we've prepared a concert you won't want to miss! We'll present "Peace on Earth", a delightful assortment of beautiful wind music, at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon, December 17. Just sit back in the cozy, cushioned comfort of the Redmond Performing Arts Center and take in some of the season's best symphonic selections, including:
*  Awayday, by Adam Gorb -- Mr. Gorb says he was inspired to write this showy piece by the glory days of musical comedies on Broadway.  Full of brashness and untempered enthusiasm, he envisions it as a tribute to the spirit of Leonard Bernstein's Candide.
*  Blessed Are They, from A German Requiem, by Johannes Brahms, (score Buehlman) -- Often considered Johannes Brahms' greatest work, this uplifting masterpiece offers a message of hope and peace.
*  The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol, by Percy Grainger, score Goldman -- In late 19th-century England and Ireland, Christmas "mummers" were seasonal players who donned colorful costumes and performed in the streets or public houses. Grainger's Carol depicts their traditional song.
*  Minor Alterations, "Christmas Through The Looking Glass", by David Lovrien -- Listen carefully for your favorite Christmas carols nestled within this tongue-in-cheek compilation, as each familiar tune is lovingly twisted into minor keys.
*  Mannin Veen, by Haydn Wood -- Published in 1937 and based on Manx folksongs, this dramatic, harmonious composition captures the grandeur of the Celtic culture and features our principal clarinet. "Mannin Veen" translates to "Isle of Man," where Wood and his family lived.
*  A Mighty Fortress is Our God, by Johann Sebastian Bach, trans. Damrosch, arr. O'Toole -- With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation just past, it's notable that this inspirational piece is often referred to as "The Battle Hymn of the Reformation." The most popular of the 42 hymns composed by Martin Luther, scholars estimate he penned it around 1527.
*  Angel of Mercy, by David Maslanka -- Debuted by the St. Olaf Band in February of 2016, Maslanka calls his work "A prayer for peace in our troubled time." Its emotional themes are sure to soothe your spirit and touch your soul.
So join us at the Redmond Performing Arts Center (located at Redmond High School) on Sunday, December 17. You'll enjoy free parking as well as an afternoon of beautiful wind band music!
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The tickets for our next concert on December 17th titled "Peace on Earth" are now on sale online. Get them now!

https://wwspeaceonearth.brownpapertickets.com/
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Thanks to those who came to our first concert of the season at Redmond Performing Arts Center. Hope you enjoyed it!

Mark your calendar for our next concert on Sunday December 17th at 2pm. The concert program will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
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In anticipation of our upcoming concert, KING FM announcer Sean MacLean has chosen to feature music from the concert next week on Classical KING FM’s Northwest Focus program.

Please tune into FM 98.1 at 8pm on Monday October 23rd for Malcolm Arnold's Tam O'Shanter Overture, and around 8:50pm on Tuesday October 24th for Wild Nights! by Frank Ticheli.

See you at the concert next Sunday afternoon!

http://www.king.org/nwfocus/
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Rehearsals for our first concert at the new (to us) venue, Redmond Performing Arts Center, have been going great! We cannot wait to share our spooky new program with you. If you can, please take advantage of our online ticketing sales ahead of time in order to expedite the box office process.
http://washingtonwindsymphony.brownpapertickets.com

Also new this year, you can purchase season tickets with a 10% discount! http://wwsseason.brownpapertickets.com
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This season we are proud to offer season tickets! Tickets to all 4 concerts can be purchased at 10% off, including our first concert, "Enchantments". Get them now!
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Help us kick off our fall season at the Redmond Performing Arts Center with a frightfully melodic afternoon of dynamic music that will set you on the edge of your seat. Dr. Ed Powell conducts the Eastside's premier wind ensemble in performing several epic and exhilarating works, including:
- El Chupacabra -- Penned by Pacific Lutheran University music composition student Emilio José González, the title translates literally to "goat sucker," a reference to the legendary beast that is said to roam the Americas, draining the blood of livestock. Artfully employing percussion instruments to fuse the phrases of this delightfully curious piece, Gonzales uses contrabassoon, bassoon, baritone sax and oboe to represent the beast.
- À La Machaut -- From composer Andrew Boss: "This piece integrates thematic material from 3 works of the great medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut while adding a colorfully modern touch." The opening quotes Puis qu'en oubli ("Since I am forgotten"); upbeat percussion transitions the piece to the main material, quoting the melody of his secular virelai, Douce jame jolie ("Sweet lovely lady"); he also uses material from the Kyrie to Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame. Last November, Dr. Boss conducted À La Machaut with the Washington State Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle.
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice -- Written in 1897 by Paul Dukas and transcribed by Mark Hindsley, this perennial favorite is featured in Disney's classic animated movie Fantasia. From magic, flying brooms, to an angry wizard scolding his apprentice, it's sure to conjure up visuals in your mind as the band romps through this playful masterpiece.
- Hive Mind -- Composed in 2014, Peter Van Zandt Lane wrote this work to explore the idea of collective consciousness. Listen carefully as melodies emerge from buzzing textures, desperately trying to coalesce conflicting harmonies. Van Zandt imagines his piece as "a musical dialogue that reinforces the dichotomy between what is structured and what is free."
- Tam O'Shanter Overture -- Composed by Malcom Arnold and arranged by John P. Paynter, this piece is based on the famous poem by Robert Burns about a farmer by the name of Tam O'Shanter. Arnold uses a free-wheeling trombone solo to portray the farmer's habit of imbibing too much, and keeps listeners on edge as Tam O'Shanter flees on horseback from the witches, goblins and ghouls chasing him home from the tavern.
- Wild Nights! -- One of America's foremost modern composers, Frank Ticheli was inspired to write this piece by Emily Dickenson's poem by the same name. Ticheli takes us on a colorful, musical journey that goes from joyful to dark then back to a feeling of ecstatic joy and optimism. Wild Nights! was commissioned by the California Band Directors Association in celebration of their 50th anniversary.
So join us at the Redmond Performing Arts Center located  at Redmond High School  on Sunday, October 29th for a magical afternoon of mesmerizing wind music!
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Tickets for the first concert of the 2017 - 2018 season are now on sale: $20/adults, $15/seniors, $10/youths. The concert titled "Enchantments" is at Redmond Performing Arts Center on Sunday October 29th, 2017 at 2pm.

Hope to see you there!
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