The highly-respected students of Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) have the rare first-time experience of performing with the magnificent 4,322 pipes of the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for their "Spring Concert." Composed for wind ensemble, soprano soloist and organ, Frank Ticheli's "Angels in the Architecture" becomes the centerpiece of the program and features 11-year-old vocalist Max Uehara and organist Kristen Lawrence. Inspired by the Sydney Opera House where it premiered, the piece explores the forces of the divine and evil on humanity. Led by Music Director Joshua Roach, PSYWE's second concert of the season takes place Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 each, general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
The concert opens with a movement from Leonard Bernstein's "Profanation" from his first symphony, "Jeremiah," written shortly after the composer's first conducting engagement with the New York Philharmonic. The ensemble then travels to Europe for English composer Malcolm Arnold's "Four Scottish Dances," before playing Bohuslav Martinu's heartbreaking "Memorial to Lidice," a piece of consolation to the small then-Czechoslovakian town that was destroyed during World War II. Maestro Roach says he built the program around one work that he has wanted to do with the Wind Ensemble for several years: Frank Ticheli's "Angels in the Architecture." For this piece, the orchestra
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