Wind Symphony recital to spin musical gold with ‘Rumpelstilstzschen’

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By Maddie Keenlyside  


CHARLOTTETOWN — On March 27, the UPEI Wind Symphony will perform its final recital of the academic year. But for some of the musicians, this performance is their last as students.

Graduating UPEI music student Sarah Chace plays the piccolo in a recent performance of the UPEI Wind Symphony. The symphony will perform its final recital of the academic year on Thursday at Dr. Steel Recital Hall.

For music student and piccolo player Sarah Chace, graduating from UPEI is an exciting but bittersweet experience, she says.

“Over the past five years I've had some amazing experiences with the music department at UPEI, and this will be my last concert with some of my close friends who are also graduating.”

Their conductor, professor Karem Simon, has put together a very appealing yet challenging program, she said.

“We're playing everything from concert marches to typical wind band music to a jazz-inspired piece called 'Blue Shades' by Frank Ticheli.”

The recital’s feature piece, Rumpelstiltzschen, is a programmatic work by American composer Jess Turner and depicts the traditional fairytale.

“It's a really fun program and I think people are really going to enjoy it.”  

Nadine Haddad, a euphonium player, is a graduating voice major, but took up her second instrument in order to participate in the wind symphony, she said.

She said her time with the wind symphony has been a great experience.

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to take up a second instrument while I was at UPEI. It was a really good experience to push my musicianship skills and it was overall very enlightening to be part of the symphony.”

Haddad saidRumpelstiltzschenis a tone poem, which is an orchestral piece in a single continuous structure, and evokes the content of a short story as well as opera.

“The wind symphony concert will be a little bit of everything. They’re going to hear different sounds of classical music. I don’t think people will be bored at this concert.”

Karem Simon said every year, at this time, they end up saying goodbye to our graduating students, and this particular year’s graduating class is very strong.

“Most of them are principal players. We happen to have programmed this recital rather ambitiously to take advantage of the graduating class’ musicianship.”

The Wind Symphony will also be premiering its performance of “Two-Lane Blacktop,” a piece which the symphony joined a North American consortium to commission American composer James M. David to write.

“So all of the bands involved in that particular consortium get exclusive rights to perform that piece for the first year. “

The recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. in UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall.

Tickets for this performance are available in advance at UPEI’s music department and will also be sold at the door prior to the recital.

Organizations: P.E.I. school

Geographic location: P.E.I., Utah

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