Oct. 20, 2005 • Volume 14 Number 4

Wind Ensemble Debuts Friday

Another entry to the Boston College Bands' impressive coterie of performance groups will make its official debut tomorrow, when the University Wind Ensemble performs at 8 p.m. in Robsham Theater.

The 46-member ensemble is a select group whose membership is audition or invitation-only, says BC Bands Director Sebastian Bonaiuto. It is also the "parent organization" for a number of other mixed and like-instrument chamber ensembles, including woodwinds, brass and percussion.

Highlighting their Oct. 21 inaugural concert will be an appearance by Ronald Barron, principal trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, who will perform "Colloquy for Solo Trombone and Band," composed by William Goldstein. Also on the program will be the New England premiere of "Hysteria in Salem Village," commissioned by the Big East Band Directors Association and composed by Felicia Sandler, a faculty member at the New England Conservatory.

With the Screaming Eagles Marching Band, the BC bOp! jazz ensemble, the Maroon and Gold Pep Bands and the University Symphonic Band, one would have thought there was more than enough to keep Bonaiuto and the BC Bands staff busy. But Bonaiuto says the influx of talented student musicians made the creation of a new group all but a necessity.

"We wanted to create performance opportunities which are more reflective of the talent, needs and desires of the students. The University Wind Ensemble also provides students with the chance to perform literature specifically designed for smaller chamber ensembles, which greatly contributes to their musical development, and will broaden the variety of performances for the Boston College community."

Every member of the University Wind Ensemble will receive private lessons at no cost, he adds.

Among the other pieces featured at the ensemble's debut will be Percy Grainger's "Tune from County Kerry" - recognized universally as "Danny Boy" - Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll," and a Bach fugue spotlighting the group's percussionists. -Sean Smith

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