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UPEI Wind Symphony joining SIS and TOSH school bands for Summerside performance

Dr. Karem Simon, director of the UPEI Wind Symphony.
Dr. Karem Simon, director of the UPEI Wind Symphony. - Colin MacLean

The UPEI Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Karem J. Simon, will be performing a full recital of contemporary wind band music in Summerside and will be joined by SIS and TOSH band students.

The performance will be on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at the new Celtic Performing Arts Centre in Summerside.

The centrepiece of the program will be the “Concertino for Four Percussionists” by American composer David Gillingham.

“This work exploits the technical and sonic qualities of the Wind Symphony's extensive percussion section,” according to the symphony’s press release.

Featured soloists include principal percussionist Ryan Drew and freshman Kendall Perry (a recent TOSH graduate), who will be joined by UPEI music graduates Michael Gallant and Branden Kelly.

The Wind Symphony's program will begin with Ron Nelson's “Medieval Suite,” a work that captures the music of the 13th and 14th centuries while using contemporary harmonies, textures, color, and minimalism. Then Wind Symphony will jump a century and present Japanese composer Yosuke Fukuda's “Renaissance Dances.” Concluding this recital with be the “March from Symphonic Metamorphosis” by Paul Hindemith, a clever adaptation of themes by romantic composer Carl Marie von Weber.

The Wind Symphony is comprised of UPEI music majors and has been critically acclaimed for its performance standard and innovative programming.

Opening for the Wind Symphony will be the SIS Grade 9 and TOSH Grades 11 and 12 bands.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at Celtic Arts Centre on Sunday afternoon.

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