November 16, 2017
7:00 pm
School of Music

Neighborhood Concert Series: Wind Ensemble

Entitled “Culture Clash?”, the November16 2017 Butler University Wind Ensemble program consists of repertoire that examines the collision of cultures in a variety of contexts and timeframes. The program begins with one of the earliest original compositions for modern band, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Orient et Occident, an 1869 work in which the composer presents and eventually blends musical ideas and stereotypes from both East and West. Richard Rodney Bennett’s Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune features a Renaissance melody disguised in several 20th century variations. An Gé Fhiáin (The Wild Goose) focuses on the juxtaposition of man and nature, from the perspective of early Celts who perceived God’s presence in the natural world, and who felt that the Holy Spirit was embodied in a wild goose. As one of the leading African American composer of the 20th Century William Grant Still was in an ideal position from which to offer a musical depiction of scenes from the Mississippi Delta in a work he entitled From the Delta. The concert concludes with Gloriosa,  a monumental work from Japanese composer Yasuhide Ito that depicts the unique circumstances that surround the first Christian missionaries in Japan. Although the missionaries were initially accepted when they arrived in 1603, Christianity was later banned by the Japanese government, forcing early Japanese Christians into hiding, and transforming their religious practices into a distorted version barely recognizable to modern day Christians.


Butler University Wind Ensemble

Michael Colburn, Director

Bryan Sanoshy, Graduate Assistant

7pm, Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Schrott Center for the Arts



“Culture Clash?”



Occident et Orient, Op. 25 (1869)                                                                      Camille Saint-Saëns


                                                                                                                    Edited by Loras Schissel

Hannah Carlson, conductor


Reflections on a Sixteenth Century Tune (1999)                                         Richard Rodney Bennett


Theme: Lento                                                                                                            

Variation I : Allegretto

Variation II: Allegro Vivo

Variation III: Andante (Homage to Peter Warlock)

Variation IV: Con Brio e Ritmico




An Gé Fhiáin                                                                                                                Ryan George

                                                                                                                                            (b. 1978)



From the Delta William Grant Still


  1. Work Song                                                                                                   
  2. Spiritual
  3. Dance



Gloriosa – Symphonic Poem for Band                                                                         Yasuhide Ito

                                                                                                                                            (b. 1960)

  1. Oratio                                                                                                            
  2. Cantus
  3. Dies Festus