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MUSIC AT EMORY
Serenades and Fanfares Emory Wind Ensemble Tyler Ehrlich, conductor Sunday, February 28, 2021 Emory Chambers Winds at 4:00 p.m. Emory Brass Choir at 5:15 p.m.
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Virtual Stage
Emory Chamber Winds Serenade for Wind Instruments, op. 40 (1898) Adagio Allegro moderato
Arthur Bird (1856–1923)
Emory Brass Choir Fanfarria Castellana (2012)
Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)
Program Notes Born in Berlin, Germany, Arthur Bird was an American composer who lived most of his life in Europe. He was among the few Americans of his era whose music won approval by Europeans. Bird was also well known as a foreign correspondent, a music critic, and a pianist. Bird first learned music from his father and his uncle; both were composers and compilers of hymn tunes. In 1875 he went to Germany and studied at the Berlin Hochschule with Albert Loschhorn (piano), Karl. A. Haupt (organ), and E. Rohde. In 1877 he became the organist at St. Matthew’s Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bird went back to Europe in 1881 and studied music theory with Heinrich Urban in Berlin. In 1885 he went to Weimar and studied composition with Franz Liszt (who became a close friend). He was honored for his compositions at the Milwaukee Musical Festival during a short visit to America in 1886. During that same year, he returned permanently to Germany and became well known after the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra gave a concert of his music. As Berlin correspondent for the Chicago Journal Musical Leader, he often criticized Richard Strauss and other modern composers.
Bird’s composition style was conservative for the period. His wind chamber works were similar in style to the courtly ensembles of the previous century. In addition to a comic opera (Daphne—performed in New York on December 13, 1897), a ballet (Rubezahl—Berlin, 1886), and a symphony, Bird wrote 12 other orchestral works, 12 chamber works, 26 piano pieces, and 4 organ works. He also wrote several scores for winds, including Galop for Military Band, Nonet, Suite in D, and the Serenade in today’s program. Written in 1898, Bird’s Serenade won the Paderewski Prize in 1901 for the best chamber music work by an American composer. It was premiered by Georges Longy and his Woodwind Club in Boston on March 31, 1902. It’s first European performance was in 1908 in Berlin. This afternoon, the Emory Chamber Winds will be performing the Adagio and Allegro moderato movements. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, composer Eric Ewazen has a bachelor’s degree in music from the Eastman school of Music, and master’s and doctorate degrees from the Juilliard School. Ewazen has written many chamber works for brass, winds, percussion, and increasingly strings, piano, and voice that have become standards of the repertoire. His music in all genres (including orchestra, wind ensemble, and chorus) has been performed around the world with great acclaim. Distinguished soloists and chamber ensembles performing his music include players as diverse as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, the American Brass Quintet, and the Ahn Trio; trombonists Charles Vernon, Joseph Alessi, Ronald Barron, Christian Lindberg, Nitzan Haroz, David Taylor, and James Lebens; clarinetists Franklin Cohen and Larry Combs; flutists Elizabeth Rowe, Mindy Kaufman, Julius Baker, and Jan Gippo; and trumpet players Chris Gekker, David Bilger, and Philip Smith. Ewazen’s works have also been performed by major symphonies around the world including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony, the Concertgebouw, the Paris Opera Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic, and by noted individual players from other major symphonies and orchestras throughout the United States. Ewazen was commissioned by the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon of Valladolid, Spain, to compose Fafarria Castella in honor of their new concert hall.
The Emory Wind Ensemble
The Emory Wind Ensemble (EWE) is dedicated to performing wind band and chamber literature of the highest caliber while nurturing individual artistic excellence within an ensemble setting. Concert programming comprises a wide variety of styles, forms, and genres from several centuries of compositional practice, designed to provide a comprehensive exposure to the masterpieces for winds and percussion from the Renaissance period through the modern era. The EWE performs two concerts each semester; regularly participates in world premieres of new music; tours the United States and abroad; and is a national leader in the commissioning of new music, including works by Warren Benson, Bruce Broughton, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, John Mackey, Jonathan Newman, Joseph Schwantner, and many others. The EWE’s recent collaborations include performances with the Emory University Chorus; the Emory Dance Company; Emory’s Mary Emerson Professor of Piano William Ransom; Chris Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Stuart Stephenson, principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Joe Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic; Adam Frey, international euphonium solo artist; and Grammy Award–winning solo clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, among many others. 6
The EWE has performed concert tours of Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Graz, Prague, Vienna, and Greece. Additionally, the EWE has performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) State Convention in Savannah, Georgia; the Southern Division College Band Directors National Association Conference (CBDNA); and for various events on the Emory campus, including the inauguration of James Wagner as president of Emory University. The EWE was recognized in 2017 as a “Top 10” program among its peers by CBDNA and featured at the 2017 CBDNA National Conference “Small Band Showcase.” The EWE is recorded on the NAXOS music label. Tyler Ehrlich, conductor Tyler Ehrlich is the director of bands at Decatur High School, where he is responsible for the instruction and administration of the concert bands, marching band, and chamber ensembles. In addition to his responsibilities at Decatur, Ehrlich serves as conductor of the Emory Wind Ensemble and associate conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony. Ehrlich previously taught band and music technology, and served as the fine arts department chair at Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia. He has a master’s degree in conducting from the University of Georgia (UGA) and a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, from Cornell University. While at Cornell, Ehrlich served as the teaching assistant for the Cornell Wind Ensembles and directed pit orchestras for Ithaca’s largest student musical theater organization, the Melodramatics Theatre Company. Funded by research grants from the Consortium of College and University Media Centers and UGA’s Ideas for Creative Exploration Lab, Ehrlich has worked with Cynthia Johnston Turner to bring their ideas involving conducting technology to fruition. They have presented their research at several of the largest band conferences in the world: the College Band Directors National Association National Conference, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Work that he has completed has been published in the Verge and USA Today. Ehrlich lives in Atlanta with his partner, Brent Allman, a PhD student at Emory University, and their dog, Milo.
Emory Chamber Winds Flute 1 Claudia Wahoski
Flute 2 Megan Zhang
Los Angeles, CA
Oboe 1 Jane Farrell
Oboe 2 Rachel Jennings
Clarinet 1 Eli Parrish
Clarinet 2 Chunjin Park
Horn 1 Harry Li
Horn 2 Sophie West
Palm City, FL
Bassoon Trisha Sengupta
Bass Clarinet Rodrigo Salinas
String Bass Hannah Perron
Princeton Junction, NJ History
Virtual Students Flute 1 Ella Zhao
Flute 2 Ava Lewandowski
Little Rock, AR
Clarinet 1 Henry Mangalapalli Chicago, IL
Biology/ African American Studies
Clarinet 2 Andrew Mijacika
New York City, NY 8
Emory Brass Choir Trumpet 1 Sonya Carrillo
Trumpet 2 Nathaniel Lechtzin
Trumpet 3 Tony Kasper
Trumpet 4 Joseph Rosenbaum Los Angeles, CA
Horn 1 Michael Bian
Horn 2 Harry Li
Horn 3 Sophie West
Palm City, FL
Horn 4 Jang Soo Lee
College Station, TX
Trombone 1 Graham Crain Shiven Sinha
Maryville, TN Redmond, WA
Trombone 2 Ethan Feldman Roy Chang Griffin Noble
Minneapolis, MN Potomac, MD Mobile, AL
Quantitative Sciences Economics/Human Health Music
Trombone Bass Josh Peacock
Tuba Tito Tomei
Virtual Students Euphonium (Bass Tbn) Kerry Zhu Omaha, NE
Horn 1 Pulkit Gupta
Plano, TX 9
Emory Wind and Percussion Faculty Laura Ardan, clarinet • Marc Boehm, trombone Emily Brebach, oboe • Jason Eklund, horn s Adam Frey, euphonium Anthony Georgeson, bassoon • Marci Gurnow, clarinet • Michael Moore, tuba • Ed Nicholson, trombone s Gary Paulo, saxophone
Scott Pollard, percussion Jaclyn Rainey, horn • Sasha Shatalova Prior, oboe Jessica Sherer, flute Christina Smith, flute • Stuart Stephenson, trumpet • Amy Trotz, horn H Shelly Unger, bassoon Mark Yancich, percussion • Jim Zellers, flute s • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra s Atlanta Opera Orchestra H Atlanta Ballet Orchestra
Department of Music Administration Stephen Crist, Chair Kristin Wendland, Director of Undergraduate Studies Martha Shockey, Senior Secretary Kathy Summers, Academic Department Administrator Sasha Shatalova Prior, Program Coordinator Julia Hudgins, Academic Services Coordinator
Music at Emory The Department of Music at Emory University provides an exciting and innovative environment for developing knowledge and skills as a performer, composer, and scholar. Led by a faculty of more than 60 nationally and internationally recognized artists and researchers, undergraduate and graduate students experience a rich diversity of performance and academic opportunities. Undergraduate students in the department earn a BA in music with a specialization in performance, composition, or research, many of whom simultaneously earn a second degree in another department. True to the spirit of Emory, a liberal arts college in the heart of a research university, the faculty and ensembles also welcome the participation of nonmajor students from across the Emory campus. Become a part of Music at Emory by giving to the Friends of Music. A gift provides crucial support to all of the activities. To learn more, visit music. emory.edu or call 404.727.1401. 10
More events coming soon to the Schwartz Center Virtual Stage schwartz.emory.edu/virtual-stage Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. This semester, the Emory University Symphony Orchestra divides into two string chamber orchestras. In this livestream concert, the orchestras will present works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Arvo Part, Florence Price, and others. Paul Bhasin conducts.
Gabriela Montero, piano Candler Concert Series Friday, March 5 at 8 p.m. Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a devoted following around the world. Montero is a virtuoso in a class of her own: a pianist whose flair for improvisation puts creativity back at the heart of classical performance.
ECMSA Noontime Series: The Enchanted Harp Friday, March 19 at noon Harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson is featured in this program which includes two fantastic collaborations: Saint-Saens’s Fantasie with Jessica Wu, violin; and Arnold Bax’s FantasySonata with Yinzi Kong, viola.
Music at Emory Music at Emory brings together students, faculty, and world-class artists to create an exciting and innovative season of performances and events. In a typical year, Music at Emory presents more than 150 events across multiple Emory venues; however, in this challenging season, we are committed to coming together virtually for a variety of musical offerings. For spring 2021 concerts, we remain steadfast in our mission and continue to present events virtually based on guidance from Emory University and public health officials. Please visit music.emory.edu for the most up-to-date schedule and announcements.