incLUTion: We Shall Overcome

In honor of Black History Month, UVU’s Wind Symphony will be celebrating the musical contribution of African American composers and conductors.

Significant works depicting the civil rights movement of the 1960s through today include Adolphus Hailstork’s powerful American Guernica, and music by Valerie Coleman, Timothy Mahr, and Omar Thomas.

American Guernica was written in remembrance of the September 15, 1963 fire-bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, a racially-motivated bombing that killed four young girls attending Sunday school (Carol Robertson, 14, Addie Mae Collins, 14, Cynthia Wesley, 14, and Denise McNair, 11), and injured twenty-two others. The work’s title refers to the famous mural by painter Pablo Picasso, which depicts the bombing of the Basque village Guernica by Nazi German and Fascist Italian warplanes on April 26, 1937, a tragic slaughter of mainly women and children. Hailstork’s score employs spatial notation and extended techniques to recount the bombing, outrage, and aftermath of the American tragedy.

The performance will be guest conducted by Dr. Brenton Alson, who conducts the Florida International University Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds. He previously served as Director of Instrumental Music and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the New World School of the Arts, Visiting Director of Bands at Radford University Dr. Alston retains memberships in the Conductors’ Guild, College Band Directors National Association and Pi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Noorda Center - Smith Theater

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM (MT)

About the UVU Wind Symphony

The UVU Wind Symphony focuses on honing performance skills of students who play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The group studies both classical and modern concert literature, honing the craft of being a sharp player as a part of a whole. Their concerts will sweep you away in the fantastical way only a group of talented musicians can.