Wind Ensemble Performs with Grammy-Nominated Composer
PCHS Wind Ensemble Performs with Grammy-Nominated Composer at Kauffman Center
On March 11, the PCHS Wind Ensemble performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, as part of the Kansas City Classic Band and Orchestra Festival, sponsored by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. This was the second time in three years for the group to be invited to perform in the prestigious hall. The ensemble performed three works from the wind ensemble repertoire, opening their performance with Entry March of the Boyars by John Halvorsen, and concluding their performance with the Aegina and Bacchanalia from Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian.
The centerpiece of the program was a contemporary work for wind ensemble entitled Liquid Compass by Alex Shapiro. This work, described as an electroacoustic work, uses the full wind ensemble, with a pre-recorded soundtrack, plus unusual elements like steel water bowls. For this performance, Dr. Jay Jones contacted the composer and proposed the idea of creating an organ part for their Kauffman Center performance. The Kauffman Center is home to a world-class Casavant pipe organ. Together with Dr. Jones, composer Alex Shapiro and Dr. Jan Kraybill, organist at the Kauffman Center, created the organ part and the work was premiered during this concert. Audience members described the performance as "stunning, amazing, and moving."
"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students" Dr. Jones shares. "The opportunity to work through the creation of a composition with the students was great. The opportunity to work with the composer and a Grammy nominated solo artist was an opportunity I will always remember."
The Wind Ensemble's final performance of the year is May 7 at the Wilson Center for the Performing Arts.