Ensembles Perform Pieces from Around the World

The Loomis Chaffee Music Department presented a Winter Concert for Wind Ensemble and Orchestra on Sunday, December 12, in the Hubbard Performance Hall.  

Orchestra Director Netta Hadari and Wind Ensemble Director David Winer conducted instrumental students in a rousing musical program, with featured pieces from around the world.  

The Orchestra began its portion of the concert with a performance of the Danish traditional “Sønderho Bridal Trilogy (Part 2)” with arrangement by the Danish String Orchestra. The piece was perfect for the Orchestra because a goal of the music program is “to play music from all around the world and all different cultures,” Netta explained. The Orchestra also performed the 1970s hit “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder and an excerpt from “Ausencias” by Argentinian composer Claudia Montero and concluded with a collaboration with the Loomis Chaffee Concert Choir on “Ave Verum Corpus” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

The Wind Ensemble opened its part of the program with a tuneful piece composed by Satoshi Yagisawa, “The Victoria Piece,” which premiered in December 2013. In contrast with the newer piece, the ensemble next performed one of the most loved and well-known arias from the Puccini operas, “O Mio Babbino Caro,” featuring a tuba solo by junior Benson Wang. The next piece, “Lincolnshire Posey,” was composed in 1937 by Percy Grainger, one of the pioneers of wind orchestra compositions. David said wind orchestras were a new concept a little more than 100 years ago, and “Lincolnshire Posey,” like many of Grainger’s works, is difficult to play, with complicated harmonies but beautiful melodies. The Wind Ensemble concluded its performance with a modern piece, “Epic Gaming Themes,” arranged by Paul Murtha; and the seasonal favorite “Frosty the Snowman.”