It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Michael Purves-Smith, our music director emeritus and principal oboist. Michael was the soul of the Wellington Wind Symphony, and we are devastated by his loss. As Susan Follows so aptly puts it, “Michael was a connoisseur of life.”
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Wellington Wind Symphony concert-goers are familiar with the wide range of repertoire that the group performs, from transcriptions of orchestral works to original compositions. Our next concert Wind Symphony Whimsy, consists of music all written originally for wind ensemble by some very accomplished
The Wellington Wind Symphony (WWS) has a unique offering for its next concert, Wind Symphony Whimsy. A new concerto by acclaimed Canadian composer and Elmira resident Michael Purves-Smith, entitled The Seven
Composer, arranger, WWS oboist and music director emeritus Michael Purves-Smith provides unique insight into his thinking as he transcribed Strauss’ Four Last Songs, to be featured on our concerts on October 23 and 30, 2016.
Why Transcribe Strauss’ Four Last Songs?
by Michael Purves-Smith
By Michael Purves-Smith, Conductor Emeritus of the Wellington Wind Symphony
Howard Cable passed away on March 30, 2016 at the age of 95. The last concert of the Wellington Wind Symphony this season will include the composer’s beautiful arrangement of the national anthem, O Canada.
It is hard to overestimate
This Sunday November 1 we mark the second performance of our On the Road Again program. We are very pleased to have mezzo-soprano Jennifer Enns Modolo joining us once again to perform Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer).
The orchestral song cycle was a relatively
By now we suspect you’ve noticed that the Wellington Winds is now the Wellington Wind Symphony. A small change, but an important one. Here’s why we changed our name, and why we chose the one we did:
- The name Wellington Winds was a bit confusing to people unfamiliar with who we are. It did not describe our size or instrumentation in any direct way. The name required too much explanation for potential new audience members.
- Wellington Winds did not give a hint about the style of music one might expect to hear at a concert.
- Wellington Wind Symphony more clearly describes the instrumentation and the style of music one might expect to hear.
- The name Wellington Wind Symphony honours our strong history and reputation as one of Canada’s finest wind ensembles.
So you can expect the same great repertoire and music from the
The Wellington Winds is very pleased to announce the release of its new web-based learning resource, Music in a Lifetime: www.musicinalifetime.ca
Music in a Lifetime is dedicated to the role that being involved in music can play in a fulfilled
Guest post by Ginger Pullen
Sergei Prokofiev’s Scenes from the Ballet Cinderella, arranged by David Arthur, will be featured on the Wellington Winds’ upcoming concert Concerto for Wind Ensemble on April 19 and April 26.
The Wellington Winds is very excited about performing this piece.