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UST Bands Update

Friday, January 25, 2013
By Music Department 

























The UST Bands have been engaged in a variety of activities over the last several months. The Symphonic Band continues its outreach with local schools, performing in a series of concerts alongside a variety of high school bands, including a number directed by UST alumni, such as Caroline Becker and Jon Dostal. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble continues to perform new works commissioned by UST and written specifically for the group. Recent new works include the Fourth Suite for Band – “Sinú” – by Columbian composer Victoriano Valencia; additionally, Australian composer Ralph Hultgren wrote his fifth commissioned work for us, a three-movement piece titled “Concertino.” The UST Symphonic Wind Ensemble reached out to an Indian composer, Shamir Tandon, to write a new piece, and it was premiered in October with the composer in residence. A new work from internationally acclaimed American composer Dana Wilson will be coming to us in March. His “How Very Close” is a new song cycle for soprano and wind ensemble.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble took to the recording studio again to work on its fifth commercial CD. Both its fourth and fifth CDs will be coming out in Spring 2013 on the innova label and distributed internationally by Naxos. In January 2013, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble completed a five-concert international tour to India, visiting Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Gwailor.