Wind Symphony Whimsy

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 composers. It covers a wide range of musical styles and contains some …

Seven Deadly Sins

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 Deadly Sins for Alto Clarinet and Wind Ensemble, will be the featured work. Soloist Steve Fox will perform on a beautiful alto clarinet which …

Why Transcribe Strauss Four Last Songs?

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 When Jan Narveson of the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society first …

A Tribute to Howard Cable

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 Howard Cable’s contribution to band …