Entertain Me: Symphonic Dances and Copeland's America
University of Portland's Wind Symphony performs in Feb. 2014.
Buckley Center Auditorium was swarming with camera-clad parents, supportive friends and note-taking Fine Arts 207 students long before Saturday night’s concert even began. The harsh lights were still all lit up, and people were leaned across rows and aisles chatting before the musicians filled the stage.
The evening featured the University of Portland Wind Symphony and Orchestra performing music that got the whole audience in the mood for fall.
The Wind Symphony was performing first, and classmates filed gracefully out onto the stage dressed all in black and carrying wind instruments as massive in size as the tuba, all while managing not to knock any chairs, music stands or people over!
The University of Portland’s Wind Symphony performed four pieces with the theme of “Symphonic Dances” the highlight of which, was (the very timely) “October” by Eric Whitacre. The piece was beautifully performed and made me think of leaves dancing in the wind on a blustery autumn day. It was reminiscent of the way the sun glows through autumn leaves in the early morning. Whitacre wrote that this song “captures the natural and pastoral soul of the season.”
The difference between Wind Symphony and
When I closed my eyes and just listened, I would have never known that some of the musicians were barely old enough to vote and others were going
After a brief intermission, Orchestra took the stage to perform six pieces composed by University of Portland Alumnus Aaron Copland, who graduated with a masters degree on Nov. 4, 1975.
Their first and most recognizable piece
The third piece that the orchestra played was titled “Down a Country Lane” and was conducted by senior music major Shelby Covington. Covington is an Undergraduate Conducting Associate who has been training under Dr. David De Lyser. She wore the classic attire of a seasoned conductor-- a tuxedo with
The musical experience of the fall concert left me feeling
The University of Portland Performing & Fine Arts performance schedule can be found here.