- Nov 13, 2009
Michigan Tech's elite Superior Winds, with conductor Nick Enz and guitar soloist Pat Valencia, will be joined by the Jeffers High School band and conductor Emily Raffaelli. The concert will feature the exquisite sounds and rhythms that are the specialty of winds, brass and percussion, heard to perfection in a Sousa march, a Shostokovich prelude, a Brazilian samba, music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Antonín Dvořák, and much more.
The highlight will be "Chaos Theory" for electric guitar and wind ensemble by American composer James Bonnery, featuring Pat Valencia. It's an extraordinary piece. "I wanted to fuse progressive/hard rock intensity with classical sophistication," Bonnery recently wrote to Nick Enz. "I wanted to blur the line between something precise and mathematical and something primal and visceral. And I wanted to pay homage to some of my musical influences: Rush, Beethoven, Metallica, J.S. Bach, Led Zeppelin, Shostakovich, Iron Maiden, Igor Stravinsky, King Crimson, George Lynch, Augustin Barrios-Mangore, John Petrucci (Dream Theatre), Frank Zappa, Anton Webern, and Steve Vai."
The Jeffers High Band opens the program with Dvořák and Lloyd Webber, then joins the Superior Winds for two pieces that close the concert, including Sousa's "Semper Fidelis."