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 ...   read more

A Tribute to Howard Cable

By Michael Purves-Smith, Conductor Emeritus of the Wellington Wind Symphony

Howard Cable
Howard Cable, 1920 – 2016

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...   read more

Yuletide 2015

Please join us on Sunday December 13 at 8 pm for our special Yuletide concert. Please note that there is one performance only!



  • Shostatakovich’s Festive Overture
  • C’est
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Jennifer Enns Modolo

Jennifer Enns Modolo Masters Mahler

Jennifer Enns Modolo
Jennifer Enns Modolo

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...   read more