This past Sunday (January 14), the Quad City Wind Ensemble begins rehearsal for our next concert in which we plan on "Shattering the Glass Ceiling." All of the music presented is written by women composers, the number of whom has ballooned in recent years. More and more are writing for the wind band.
Just a few short words about what you'll hear (more to follow in a few weeks).
A native of Illinois, Kimberly K. Archer, currently serves as Associate Professor of Composition at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Commo
n Threads was written for and recently premiered by the Univesity of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble.
Nicole Piunno's story is a fascinating and moving one (again, more on that later). She holds a DMA in Composition from Michigan State University. She continues to compose works for trumpet (her major instrument) as well as wind groups. Yet not as I will...is a reflection of her spirit.
A native of Camden, Maine, Sarah Palermo is still a student at Michigan State University. She was awarded a 2017 MSU Excellence in Diversity Award in the Students Making a Difference through Artistic Expressions competition. The QCWE's performance of Digging On Her Grave, subtitled "two American murder ballads," is a world premiere.
With a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Minnesota, Shirley Mier teaches at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN. Courage Shining Forth was commissioned by the Minnesota Symphonic Winds in memory of one of its trombonists.
Julie Giroux, among the leading composers (male or female) for the contemporary wind band, is well known to QCWE audiences. We will reprise a work from our recent history, "Integrity Fanfare and March," the opening movement from her symphony for band, No Finer Calling, composed for the United States Air Force Band.
Panta Rhei ("everything flows") is attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Composer Ingrid Stölzel, German-born and American-trained, notes that "music encapsulates this concept. For one, music only exists in time and therefore is in constant flux." Ms. Stölzel is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Kansas.
A work written in commemoration of Ronald Johnson's retirement as conductor of the famed University of Northern Iowa Wind Symphony, Coming Home is written by Jillian Whitaker, herself a graduate of UNI and now a budding composer of film music.
February 25, 2018
Allaert Hall, Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
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