Penn's Wind Ensemble is scheduled to release its first CD later this semester as part of the 20th anniversary celebration (for the 20th Anniversary concert, click here).
According to Conductor Ricardo Averbach, the production of this CD will be unique among American universities in that it comes from a joint project between Penn and Yale.
For starters, each of the two institutions chose to record compositions by composers from their respective music departments. One of the compositions recorded at Yale is by Charles Ives, for example. while one of Penn's is a new piece by Jay Reise, former chair of Penn's Music Department, wrote a new piece, Tinicum Rhythms, dedicated to the ensemble and it will also be part of the CD.
There will also be a piece by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos--who, though he is neither a Penn nor Yale composer, was chosen because Ricardo Averbach is Brazilian. His "The Fantasia in Three Movements, one of the masterpieces of the repertoire for symphonic band, is not performed often because it is difficult and it requires a very large ensemble," said Julie Trackman, C '98, president of the Ensemble. It will be performed jointly by Penn's Wind Ensemble and Yale's Concert Band.
A new series of free, noon-time chamber concerts in the Annenberg Center lobby will feature chamber groups from within the University Wind Ensemble and the University Orchestra as well as singers from the University Choir and groups from the Baroque Ensemble. The next noon-time recital will be on Wednesday, March 4.
The next chamber music concert will be on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Max Cade Center.
On Friday, March 13, Death Along the Tiber: Murder and Mayhem in Ancient Rome is an evening of discussion examining crime at the end of the Ancient Roman Republic. Classical Scholar Dr. Donna Hurley sets the stage with a talk that focuses on the sinister acts of assassination and poisoning that changed the political face of Rome in the first century A.D. Then, mystery writer Steven Saylor, renowned for his novels and stories set in the age of Julius Caesar, talks about his crime-solver, Gordianus the Finder. This event takes place at the University Museum's Rainey Auditorium at 6 p.m. Call 898-4890 for fees and more information.