A world premiere by composer James Syler forms the centerpiece of this wind ensemble performance, conducted by Jose Oliver Riojas. The ensemble will be joined by guest artists New Century Saxophone Quartet, Ashlee Hardgrave, soprano, and Chris Hemingway, alto saxophone.
Overture to Candide, Leonard Bernstein
American elegy, Frank Ticheli
Three Places in Jazz, James Syler
Country Band March, Charles Ives
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Equally at ease with modern and traditional techniques, James Syler's compositions have been noted for their lyricism and drama. His compositional interests move equally between orchestral, wind ensemble, choral and chamber forms. He has developed a personal style that is eclectic, energetic and innovative, yet able to communicate with diverse audiences. His works have been performed nationally and internationally. Awards include a 2002 commission from the American Composers Forum in New York to compose the String Quartet No. 1for the Artaria String Quartet of St. Paul, MN, the 1993 National Band Association Composition Award, two grants from the American Music Center in New York, the 1993 Arnald Gabriel Composition Award, and more than 20 commissions to date. In 1998 he established Ballerbach Music, a music publishing company that for 15 years published the works of more than 20 composers. Since 2013, Ballerbach Music has been dedicated to exclusively promoting and publishing his own music.