Whitney Hale


College: Fine Arts

UK Wind Symphony to be Featured at National Band Convention

Published: Mar 20, 2013



UK Wind Symphony prepares for the College Band Directors National Association National Convention.

You can find a transcript of this video here. Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2013) — The University of Kentucky Wind Symphony is among an elite group of ensembles that were invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Convention on March 22, at University of North Carolina - Greensboro. Under the direction of John Cody Birdwell, UK Wind Symphony is one of only nine university concert bands out of a pool of 45 ensembles that was selected to play at the conference.


Being chosen by a national panel of esteemed wind conductors to perform at CBDNA National Convention is one of the highest honors a university wind band and its conductor can receive.


"In our profession, this is the highest honor that an ensemble can receive," Birdwell said. "Performing at the CBDNA, it is such an honor, it brings a great amount of recognition to the university and to our program, and there's nothing quite like it."


The invitation for the UK Wind Symphony to perform at the CBDNA National Conference was issued in April 2012, and UK will be joined at the conference by performing groups from the University of Maryland, University of Cincinnati, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Louisiana State University, University of South Carolina, St. Olaf College, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and Lawrence Conservatory of Music.


UK will perform at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 22.  "The program we selected is a very exciting program, four incredible pieces of music, one world premiere," Birdwell said.


The UK Wind Symphony performance at the CBDNA will consist of "Millennium Canons" by 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts, Gustav Holst’s landmark composition "Hammersmith," the world premiere of "Concerto Maxo Mosso" for saxophone quartet and wind symphony by contemporary British composer Michael Mower, and First Symphony for Band by Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcom


The featured solo ensemble for the world premiere of "Concerto Maxo Mosso" will be the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Osland Saxophone Quartet, which includes two UK School of Music faculty members, Miles Osland, director of UK Jazz Studies, and Lisa Osland, adjunct professor of saxophone, as performing artists.


The 55 members of the UK Wind Symphony depart for Greensboro today and will perform a concert tour with stops in Tennessee and North Carolina en route to the national conference.


In addition to playing CBDNA and the tour, UK Wind Symphony was thrilled to get the opportunity to meet and work with the composer of "Concerto Maxo Mosso," Michael Mower, in preparation for their world premiere performance of his work.


"He's going to come in and rehearse the piece with us and help us prepare it for the tour and the performance at the conference, and so it's going to be a very exciting opportunity for us," Birdwell said.


The UK Wind Symphony is made up of the finest wind and percussion performers in the UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts. As the centerpiece of a band program that has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for more than 100 years, the UK Wind Symphony is considered to be one of the finest university concert bands in the United States. Several of the recordings of the UK Wind Symphony have been nominated for Grammy Award consideration in recent years, and during the summer of 2008, the ensemble participated in a 10-day concert tour of the People's Republic of China and performed for thousands of Chinese citizens in the cities throughout the country in celebration of China's hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.


The UK Wind Symphony performs frequently on campus in the Singletary Center for the Arts. Concerts are free and open to the public.


The CBDNA is devoted to the teaching, performance, study and cultivation of music, with particular focus on the wind band medium.


To hear John Cody Birdwell talk more about the CBDNA National Convention and his colleague Lori Hetzel, conductor of UK Women's Choir, talk about the choir's trip to the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association, listen to the interview with Carl Nathe from "UK At the Half" at the bottom of the page. A transcript of the interview can be found here.


For more information on UK Wind Symphony, contact the UK Bands at (859) 257-2263 or visit www.ukbands.org




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

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