Lest We Forget
In the evocactive setting of the Warrior’s Chapel at the Church of St. Andrew, Canberra Wind Symphony presents a powerful program dedicated to all who have served in uniform.
On the program…
Wild Blue Yonder: James Barnes (2008)
Nimrod: Edward Elgar (1899)
Buxtehude’s Daughter: Martyn Hancock (2004/2011)
Mars: Gustav Holst (1914)
Rest: Frank Ticheli (2014)
Eventide (Abide With Me): William H. Monk (1861) arr Jay Dawson (2005)
1812 Overture: Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1880)
Includes poignant reflective readings from pertinent Australians.
Commemmorate Remembrance Day 2017 with Canberra Wind Symphony, from 2pm at the Church of St Andrew, 1 State Circle, Forrest ACT.
Tickets will be available at the door, however we strongly encourage pre-booking as this is one of our most popular concerts each year.
The stunning Canberra Wind Symphony presents an evening of wind orchestra brilliance, with contemporary works from fascinating composers telling their New York stories with intriguing rhythms, textures and colours.
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Geoff Grey muses … “Canberra audiences are spoilt for choice when it comes to Broadway-style musicals, so I’ve chosen to present the more honest, dirty NYC that I’ve experienced with ‘Asphalt Cocktail’ and ‘The Big Apple Symphony’, and while we are also presenting ‘Symphonic Dances from West Side Story’, we have deliberately stepped away from the chorus line numbers and belting Broadway anthems.”
But will there be a nod to Liza Minnelli or Frank Sinatra in there somewhere? That just remains to be seen … “We want to drop our guests into a musical streetscape to capture a day in the life of a New Yorker, rather than just showing New York as a glossy tourist attraction.”
This music captures abstracts of New York City. It is vibrant and modern and pushes the envelope artistically. John Mackey named his ‘Asphalt Cocktail’ whilst walking down Columbus Avenue bouncing ideas off a composer companion. Johan de Meij says his symphony is “a musical interpretation of the spirit, glamour and indifference of one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Listening to this symphony is perhaps as enervating as an actual visit to Manhattan.” The dances from Bernstein’s triumphant ‘West Side Story’ are so NYC that they had to be included!
Come and celebrate this great, eclectic city with 40 of the Capital Region’s finest professional players as they combine to bring only the best wind literature to the stage. Quite simply – they’re captivating, engaging and brilliant! Be quick to secure your tickets for this one-off event.
Join the stunning Canberra Wind Symphony for an evening of musical brilliance, with contemporary works from extraordinary Australian and international composers, all with a fascinating story to tell.
With a Canberra Premiere, Australian Ralph Hultgren’s thrilling ‘White Noise’ (2011) opens the show. Yosuke Fokuda then takes us on an energetic journey with his 2006 ‘Belly Dance’ and ‘Renaissance Dance’ before the orchestra takes us into the exuberant world of ‘Danse Folatre’ (1987), the final vituosic work from the pen of the great American composer Claude T. Smith.
Vincent Persichetti’s fabulous ‘Divertimento’ (1951) features after interval before we head down the soulful Percy Grainger path with his timeless 1918 ‘Irish tune from County Derry’ and quirky ‘Shepherds Hey’. This feast concludes with ‘Celebration’, the seminal 1993 British work from Philip Sparke: a celebration indeed of the full power and texture the wind orchestra experience brings to lovers of the beauty and excitement of live music.
With 40 of the Capital Region’s finest professional players combining to bring only the best wind literature to the concert stage this dynamic orchestra, under the baton of their multi-awarded Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Geoff Grey, is taking its ever-growing audience to new heights with their personal approach to delivering a concert experience to remember. Quite simply – they’re captivating, engaging and brilliant!
Be quick to secure your tickets for this one-off event.
Friday 19th May, 7:30pm
Tickets via The Street Theatre
‘Fresh, entertaining and accessible … It is always a pleasure to uncover or rediscover such incredible, locally based talent’ – City News
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, this concert is unable to go ahead.
We look forward to celebrating Scandinavia at another time!
In the mean time, thank you for supporting live music – and please do pencil in Friday 19th of May for our next full feature performance at The Street: Blown Away! Tickets available soon.
Pictures at an Exhibition: Brass and Landscapes.
Canberra Wind Symphony presents Brass Sketches by the CWS Pentabrass Masters. With a glass of champagne in hand, enjoy an evening of brass chamber music in the midst of Elizabeth Cummings’ colourful paintings.
Featuring iconic masterpieces such as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Grainger’s Up Country and frivilous favourites including Cantina Band from Star Wars.
Thursday 9 March 2017
ANU Drill Hall Gallery ACTON
All tickets $35
Drinks available for purchase
4:00pm, Sunday 5th Feb, 2017
Join this leading national Wind Orchestra for their season-opening afternoon of musical brilliance, with stunning works from contemporary Australian and international composers.
While creating great live music experiences under the baton of their multi-awarded Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Geoff Grey, the Canberra Wind Symphony also raises funds and awareness to support the work of beyondblue, helping fight depression in Australian farmers.
In this program Geoff and the ensemble bring us a broad range of fascinating 20th century compositions. Australian Ralph Hultgren’s engaging An Australian Rhapsody (1991) opens the show. Leonard Bernstein’s fabulous Divertimento (1990) features, and George Gershwin’ iconic Rhapsody in Blue (1924) introduces solo pianist Emily Leong to the Canberra concert stage for this big collaboration with the orchestra.
Canberra premieres include Aaron Copland’s quirky Hoe-Down (1942) and Charles Young’s energised Tempered Steel (1997). This special event concludes with Frank Ticheli’s triumphant Blue Shades (1997).
With 40 of the Capital Region’s finest professional players combining to bring only the best wind literature to the concert stage, this dynamic orchestra is taking its ever-growing audience to new heights with their personal approach to delivering a concert experience to remember. Quite simply – they’re captivating, engaging and brilliant!
Be quick to secure your tickets for this one-off event.
‘Fresh, entertaining and accessible … It is always a pleasure to uncover or rediscover such incredible, locally based talent’. City News
Book Now at the Street Theatre
$38 concession or Group of 4+
100 minutes with interval
Canberra Wind Symphony will again perform as an artist in residence at The Street for 2017.
Canberra Wind Symphony will return to The Street Theatre as residents next year for their 2017 beyondblue concert series. During their 2016 residency, CWS performed 6 concerts at The Street Theatre, bringing classical and contemporary art music to the ears of the theatre audience.
For the uninitiated, CWS is a 40-piece wind ensemble performing music that is orchestral in nature, classical in style and contemporary in its instrumentation. Generally playing one-per-part, the ensemble is allowed maximum vertical clarity between the players, and by the common medium of air, the sound is unified and blended sublimely.
The CWS 2017 concert series will soon be announced, so please do check the website over the coming weeks!
Since its inception, CWS has raised over $5000 for beyondblue.
For each concert in our beyondblue concert series, we pledge a $500 donation. This pledge is made even before a single ticket is sold, and is made despite the ongoing costs of running the orchestra.
Why? Our donation money to beyondblue goes specifically towards helping Australian farmers battling with anxiety and depression. This is a nod to the heritage of the artistic director Geoff Grey, who is the ‘son of a shearer’ and grew up on the land. As city folk, we think it’s important to give something back to the farmers who make our lives so comfortable.
As a CWS audience member, we thank you for supporting live music, contemporary composers, and of course, Aussie farmers.
Apply to play with CWS in 2017.
Canberra Wind Symphony occasionally requires additional players to either cover larger symphonic works, or substitute for our rank and file musicians.
To register your interest in playing with Canberra Wind Symphony, please register your interest on the positions page. Please note an audition may be requested.