2nd March 8pm, University Church, Oxford
On Saturday 2nd March, OUWO invite you on a voyage of discovery with ‘Winds of the World’, showcasing landmark works and international inspirations in the Symphonic Wind repertoire from across the globe. Setting off from Scotland with Arnold’s thrilling realisation of Robert Burn’s ‘Tam o’Shanter’, both orchestra and audience will dance through Shakespeare’s Illyria, marvel at Copland’s musical landscapes and experience Grainger’s pride in his homeland of Australia, with the traditional South Korean melody ‘Arirang’ also making a succession of unique appearances in Barnes Chance’s ‘Variations on a Korean Folk Song’. Paul Creston’s electric Alto Saxophone Concerto, composed in the wake of the ‘saxophone craze’ of the 1920s, will be performed by this term’s concerto competition winner, Katie Bunney (former Principal Saxophone – National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain). Finally, our journey ends in Spain, where the experience of rich and varied traditions of song and dance from across the globe culminates with an Iberian twist in Serge Lancen’s immense work, the Symphonie Iberique.
Conductor: Chris O’Leary
Assistant Conductor: Rose Campion
Soloist: Katie Bunney