As the library of great wind band works continues to grow, now more than ever is it essential that our ensembles integrate music that not only is musically diverse, but exposes listener and performer alike to works by composers of varying gender, nationality and color.
For its Spring Concert, the Manhattan Wind Ensemble will be performing a program composed entirely of works by women. Featured composers include Jodie Blackshaw, Chen Yi, Rosalie Burrell, JoAnne Harris, Shelley Hanson, and Björk.
Music Director Sarah Fernández was inspired by a fellow musician in the ensemble to cultivate a program featuring the quality, meaningful repertoire written by women actively composing for wind band.
Overture to Dancer in the Dark – Björk
Spring Festival – Chen Yi
Laila – Rosalie Burrell
Albanian Dances – Shelley Hanson (guest conductor, Laurel Stinson)
Twist – Jodie Blackshaw
The Lighthouse – Joanne Harris
One Life Beautiful – Julie Giroux
Concerto Grosso for Woodwind Quartet
and Wind Orchestra – Heitor Villa-Lobos. featuring principal players from the West Point Band:
Sgt. 1st Class Torin Olsen, flute
Sgt. 1st Class Anna Pennington, oboe
Sgt. 1st Class Kristen Mather de Andrade, clarinet Staff Sgt. Briana Lehman, bassoon
Join the worldwide movement this holiday season with Giving Tuesday. That’s right, you have heard of Black Friday, even Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday (November 28, 2017) is a chance to reflect back on and contribute to your favorite non profit groups. Manhattan Wind Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on contributions from the public. Funds help get our programs out to the community at a low cost.
We pay for music programming, rehearsal space, percussion rental, and concert expenses. You can definitely make a difference and help keep this programming going. Any amount helps, and we really appreciate every gift. You may also benefit from a tax deduction. The easiest way to contribute is to donate directly here on our website:
Manhattan Wind Ensemble is happy to announce that auditions for our 2017-2018 season will be held on Tuesday September 5 and Thursday September 7, 2017 at First Church of Christ, Scientist at 10 West 68th Street (at Central Park West). (Closest subways: 1 to 66 Street, B/C to 72nd Street)
We’re in the midst of planning our 2016-2017 season, which will be full of new and exciting performances. We start with auditions on September 8 and 9. Our fall concert will be December 14 at the Dimenna Center for Classical Music.