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USC Wind Ensemble 2017-2018 Season

Sunday, September 17, 4:00 p.m.
USC Wind Ensemble
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
Scott Weiss, conductor / Nathan Tucker, guest conductor
Jennifer Higdon - Fanfare Ritmico
Kristin Kuster - Lost Gulch Lookout
Cindy McTee - Soundings
Roshanne Etezady - Anahita
Chen Yi - Dragon Rhyme
In 1960 composer Aaron Copland summed up centuries of misconceptions when he asked the question, “Is it possible that there is a mysterious element in the nature of musical creativity that runs counter to the nature of the feminine mind?” Only 57 years later, all three finalists for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize were women, including winner Du Yun. The USC Wind Ensemble celebrates the emergence of female composers by opening our 2017-2018 season performing works by five of today’s leading composers, who just so happen to be women.

Sunday, October 15, 4:00 p.m.
USC Wind Ensemble
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
Tonya Mitchell, conductor / Michael Wilkinson, trombone
Joan Tower - Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 2
Darius Milhaud - La creation du monde, Op. 81a
Steven Bryant -Trombone Concerto (Premiere Performance)
Aaron Perrine - A Glimpse of the Eternal
Morton Gould - Symphony No. 4 “West Point”
Join conductor Tonya Mitchell and trombonist Michael Wilkinson, the USC School of Music’s newest faculty members, as they make their Koger Center debuts. Steven Bryant’s virtuostic new trombone concerto, commissioned by the USC Wind Ensemble, will receive its USC premiere.

Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
USC Wind Ensemble
Richland Library Main (1431 Assembly St, 29201) – Free
Scott Weiss, conductor / Nathan Tucker, guest conductor / Rebecca Nagel, oboe
Michael Daugherty - Firecracker
Other wind chamber music to be determined
An evening of wind chamber music performed in the newly-reimagined space of the Richland Library Main is highlighted by Michael Daugherty’s Firecracker for solo oboe and chamber ensemble, featuring oboist Rebecca Nagel.

Friday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.
USC Wind Ensemble
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
2018 USC Band Clinic
2018 marks the 40th year of the USC Band Clinic, an event that draws hundreds of young musicians from throughout the Southeast to the USC School of Music each year. The USC Wind Ensemble performance at this clinic is open to the general public and is always one of the most exciting concerts of the year.

Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
USC Wind Ensemble
Koger Center for the Arts – Free
Scott Weiss, conductor / Cormac Cannon and Nathan Tucker, guest conductor / Clifford Leaman, saxophone
Aaron Copland - Emblems
Stacy Garrop - Saxophone Concerto (Premiere Performance)
David Garner - Handel Suite for Wind Ensemble (World Premiere)
Frank Ticheli - Blue Shades
The USC Wind Ensemble’s final performance of the season includes the premiere of a new saxophone concerto by composer Stacy Garrop as well as the premiere of a fascinating new work by USC’s own David Garner. Copland’s only original piece for wind band, Emblems, opens the program, and Ticheli’s jazz-inspired Blue Shades puts an exclamation mark on the season.