Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, 5000 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin

The Winds, with Dr. Robert Halseth conducting, will present their annual spring concert featuring a program that will provide the audience with a gripping, spellbinding, and highly entertaining selection of music. The first half presents Wine-Dark Sea, John Mackey’s dynamic Symphony for Band, composed in 2014. It is based on Homer’s epic and ancient Greek tale, musically portraying the arduous and perilous journey of King Odysseus back home after leading the Greek army to victory in the Trojan War. The three powerful movements take him through a shipwreck, a rescue on an exotic island by Kalypso, and a trip to the end of the Earth, searching for the lights of home.

The second movement in Wine Dark Sea, “Immortal thread, so weak,” is absolutely beautiful and will feature solos by David Coe, clarinet, Cathleen Williams, bassoon, and Harpist Beverly Wesner-Hoehn. Here is the link to the recording from our November concert in which the harp was played by Kerstin Allvin: Immortal thread, so weak

The second half presents Thornton B. Boyer’s 1881 classic American march Joyce’s 71st NY Regiment, written and named for one of the premier New York military bands of the century. Other program selections include Alfred Reed’s fiery and beautiful El Camino Real; Malcolm Arnold’s stirring Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo; and an opportunity for some member of the audience to actually conduct the band before the evening is over. The concert concludes with Frank Ticheli’s beautiful message of hope in An American Elegy, written in memory of the victims of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings and to honor the survivors.

See you there!

Tickets available at the door: $10 adults/$7 children & seniors