The New Era
|Australian Wind Symphony|
|The B, Queanbeyan|
To celebrate the re-emergence of live music, welcome them to their new home, and herald the first program of the 2021 Concert Series, join the stunning Australian Wind Symphony for an evening of musical diversity as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Geoff Grey delivers a program demonstrating the full brilliance the wind orchestra experience brings to our lives.
With seven of the ten offerings from this century, Jack Stamp’s appropriately titled ‘Fanfare for a New Era’ ushers the orchestra to its new stage of The Bicentennial Hall, fresh from its $1.5 million makeover. Yosuke Fukuda’s descriptive ‘Dancing in the Wind’ follows before we delight to the shining radiance of Australian Martyn Hancock’s ‘Aurora Australis’. The quirky ‘Serenade for Winds’ by Derek Bourgeois will see the audience bizarrely wanting to limp along, prior to the reflective dedication of Samuel Hazo’s ‘The Stillness of Remembering’. The power of James Barnes concludes the first half in a 2021 Centenary celebration for the Royal Australian Air Force with ‘Wild Blue Yonder’.
Following interval, we add to the 50+ premieres performed by this leading ensemble with David Gorham’s energetic ‘Danse Saltarelle’, before the iconic flashback work of the evening, Percy Grainger’s intriguing ‘Immovable Do’. Another regional premiere follows in Joseph Jenkins’ ‘Toccata for Winds’ as we prepare for the majestic finale, the Australian premiere of Brian Balmages’ 2020 masterpiece ‘Love and Light’, an enthralling work played only once (USA) and not yet available to the rest of the world.