2014-15 Concert Schedule Announced

The Quad City Wind Ensemble Board of Directors is proud to announce the schedule of the 29th season of the QCWE.  Fall, Holiday, Winter and Spring concerts will all occur at the Allaert Auditorium at the Galvin Fine Arts Center at St. Ambrose University.

The season kicks off Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 3:00pm.  The Holiday Concert, now in its third year, will be Sunday, December 14th at 3:00pm.  The Holiday Concert will also feature the Big River Brass Band, an audience favorite.  The Winter concert will be Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 3:00pm.  The Spring concert will again be a Saturday evening concert, on May 9th, 2015 at 7:30pm.

For more information, please visit www.qcwindensemble.org.

Concert Preview (part 3)

Name this composer:

He was born in the city of J.S. Bach–Leipzig–most ironically in the Jewish quarter.  Living in such a rich historical environment, he was exposed to all of the finest music of the time performed by one of the world’s most renowned orchestras, the Gewandhaus.  At nine, he heard Der Freischutz led by its composer, an event which probably forever changed German opera.

Regardless of what one may think of his politics, his philandering (he would run off with the wife of famed conductor Hans von Bulow, who herself was the illegitimate daughter of Franz Liszt), one cannot argue the raw power of his music.  His magnum opus took some 25 years to come to fruition and again, the opera world has remained forever changed.

Answer is Richard Wagner!

Concert Preview (Part 2)

The year 1913:  The War to End All Wars was about to break out in Europe.  The United States would maintain its neutrality until almost the bitter end.  All while Karl King was writing circus marches.  A child named Nicodemo was born to Italian immigrants in New York City.  Surrounded by music at a young age, he would enter the Julliard School right before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Norman Dello Joio would go on to compose works for orchestra, wind band (10 compositions!), film scores, and other media.  He would win the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1957.  He won an Emmy for his television score, “The Louvre” (1964), a work later arranged for winds.

On Sunday the QCWE will play Dello Joio’s Satiric Dances, written for the city of Concord, Massachusetts, in commemoration of April 19, 1775…a day that the “shot was heard ’round the world.”

Don’t miss Part 1 of our concert preview!

Concert Preview from Conductor Brian Hughes (part 1)

Born the same year as Norman Dello Joio and you’ve never heard of him, unless you are a denizen of the band world, or can read German. Oddly enough, his Wiki article is found in that language.  His name: Clare Ewing Grundman and he’s as American as American can be.

He created works for radio, television, ballets, musicals, and films, but his anonymity is due to the fact that Grundman spent most of his lifetime writing for the wind band.  The Grundman Archive at Ohio State University is undoubtedly awaiting some researcher to discover its treasures.

There appears to be no extant recording of Grundman’s delightful work, The Black Knight. That will be remedied soon.

October 20, 2013–mark your calendars

Fall Concert Sunday, October 20th!

The 28th season of the Quad City Wind Ensemble kicks off with our Fall Concert on Sunday, October 20th at 3:00pm.  Conducted by Brian L. Hughes, the concert will include a performance of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, featuring narration by Kai Swanson.

Works by Karl King, Giuseppe Verdi, and Richard Wagner will also be performed.  The concert will immediately be followed by a reception with free refreshments and homemade treats.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and FREE for all students through 12th grade.  Click here to view the concert poster with additional details.