The Resident Symphony Orchestra of the City of Anaheim

RELEASE NOTES

February 9, 2014


Orange County Wind Symphony Presents

Wind Band Masterworks by Living Composers

 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

6:30 PM concert

6:00 PM pre-concert lecture

$20/general admission; $15/seniors and students

Free parking on site

 

 

John Estacio: Frenergy

Roger Cichy: Pandemonium

Frank Ticheli: Simple Gifts

John Mackey: Sheltering Sky

Mark Camphouse: A Movement for Rosa

Eric Whitacre: Godzilla Eats Las Vegas

 

The Orange County Wind Symphony (OCWS) will present the second concert of its 2013-14 season on Sunday, February 9, 2014, featuring the music of some of today’s most important contemporary composers of Wind Band music. We begin with Canadian composer John Estacio and his brilliant composition “Frenergy”.

We are paring this work with “Pandemonium” by Roger Cichy. In this work the composer refers to the literal meaning, as well as those thoughts each member of the audience can imagine on their own terms.

Frank Ticheli’s beautiful collection of Shaker Songs “Simple Gifts” is a stark contrast to the earlier pieces in the program. John Mackey composed “Sheltering Sky” in 2012 depicting “folk-like” qualities in the music, while never actually quoting entire American Folk Songs in the piece itself. Rosa Parks’s actions on a Montgomery Bus in 1955 set in motion the “Civil Rights” movement of the 1950s & 60’s. In “ A Movement for Rosa” Camphouse depicts Rosa Parks early life, the years of racial strife in Montgomery and the quest for social equality, and in the last section of the piece quiet strength and serenity. Our final selection is by the brilliant composer Eric Whitacre. “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas” could be considered his “graduation piece” from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he completed his undergraduate degree. Whitacre depicts Godzilla destroying the Las Vegas Strip; a fearless army of Elvis impersonators attacks Godzilla, destroying the monster and, perhaps, a possible return of Godzilla…in a future sequel!

 

The Orange County Wind Symphony is a regional semi-professional Wind Ensemble serving a metropolitan area of approximately 3 million people. The OCWS is honored to be part of the Anaheim community and in July 2011 was designated, along with the OCS as the Resident Wind Symphony for the City of Anaheim. The Wind Symphony is led by Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro, an accomplished Wind Band & Orchestral conductor, who currently serves on the faculties of the music departments of Fullerton College, Cal Poly Pomona, and Irvine Valley College.

 

 

For booking, interviews and complimentary tickets for reviews, please contact:

Dorothy Rose, (714) 778-0314

dorothy_rose@ocsymphony.org

www.ocsymphony.org