Program Will Feature New York Premier of James Wilding’s “Greek Goddesses” for Piano and Wind Orchestra

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will open its 2013-14 season with a program of original works for concert band, including two New York State premieres, at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.

Director Kevin Scott will lead the band in the first New York State performances of “Vignettes” composed by David Avshalomov, and “Greek Goddesses,” a concerto for piano and wind ensemble by the South African composer James Wilding, with Caroline Oltmanns as soloist.

“Vignettes,” a multi-movement suite, is being performed in conjunction with a commissioning consortium comprised of two dozen college and community bands across the nation. “Greek Goddesses” musically portrays seven goddesses of Greek mythology and was composed for Oltmanns, Wilding’s wife. It was premiered by the Dana Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Youngstown, Ohio, in 2001. Wilding and Oltmanns are on the faculty of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University.

Rounding out the evening program are two works from SUNY Orange Assistant Professor Dana Paul Perna--“Middletown Quasquicentennial March” and “Biguine”--along with Carlton L. Winston’s “Dionysian Mysteries.”

Perna’s “Middletown Quasquicentennial March” was composed for the 125th Anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Middletown and was premiered by the SUNY Orange band this past June. His arrangement of Jerome Moross’ 1935 orchestral work “Biguine” celebrates the 100th anniversary of Moross’ birth.

“Dionysian Mysteries,” which the band premiered in May 2012, was one of the works listed as an audience favorite for the band’s “By Request!” concert this past spring. The Wilding and Winston compositions were inspired by Greek mythology and are featured as part of the band’s commitment to the College’s “Global Initiative: Africa,” a yearlong program that will foster exploration of the history, culture, politics, music and social issues throughout Africa. Throughout the next year, the band will maintain a focus on the works of native African and African-American composers in its concerts.

The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band is comprised of students and members of the community.

The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. General admission is $5. SUNY Orange Students with a current ID and active military personnel will be admitted free. The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page.

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Mike Albright
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