University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble to Tour Colorado

January 7, 2011

TACOMA, Wash. – The University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble is travelling outside of Washington State to give free public performances at four high schools in Colorado. The concerts will run from Sunday, Jan. 9 to Thursday, Jan. 13.

The 52-piece Wind Ensemble is one of Puget Sound’s top performing student musical groups, combining woodwind, brass, and percussion. The Colorado tour will offer local high school students and community members the opportunity to hear classic and modern works from talented young performers, many of whom major or minor in music at the university’s School of Music. The events are free and the public is welcome to attend.

Students from the Colorado schools will have an opportunity to talk with Wind Ensemble conductor Gerard Morris and to participate in master classes and sectional clinics. The high school students will also collaborate with the Puget Sound students in their music classes.

“We’ve programmed great repertory, some of the best for wind instruments,” said Morris. “I’m very proud of what the Wind Ensemble at Puget Sound has accomplished, and I think audiences will enjoy our energetic performance of these works.”

The free public concerts are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m.
Summit High School
16201 U South Hwy 9
Frisco, Colo.

Monday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m.
Arvada West High School
11325 Allendale Dr
Arvada, Colo.

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 11:15 a.m.
Cheyenne Mountain High School
1200 W. Cheyenne Road
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Thursday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Loveland High School
920 West 29th St
Loveland, Colo.

Each performance will present selections from a tour program that includes Festive Overture, Opus 9,  by Dimitri Shostakovich; Trauermusik (WWV 73),  by Richard Wagner; Las Vegas Raga Machine, by Alejandro Rutty; three movements from Suite Francaise, by Darius Milhaud; and Scenes, by Verne Reynolds.

The trip is something of a homecoming for conductor Gerard Morris, who taught at Arvada West High School from 2004–07. Morris earned his Master of Music Education degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, and is currently completing a Doctor of Music degree in conducting at Northwestern University. He has conducted Boulder Brass, Illinois Brass Band, Chicago's Sonic Inertia Performance Group, and Northwestern University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, among others.

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