RIC Wind Ensemble presents 'Innovations,' April 22

Robert Franzblau conducts the RIC Wind Ensemble.
The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble will give its final performance of the season – “Innovations” – on Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in the Nazarian Center's Sapinsley Hall. Robert Franzblau will conduct.

The concert will feature guest composer Steven Bryant and conductor Verena M. Moesenbichler-Bryant, who will conduct Karel Husa’s “Al Fresco.”

Garrett Mattson ’11, RIC music performance major, will perform Albert Franz Doppler's “Fantasie Pastorale Hungoise” on flute. Mattson is the winner of the 2011 RIC Senior Concerto Competition.

The RIC Wind Ensemble will perform Bryant's composition “Ecstatic Waters,” a 22-minute symphony combining both acoustic and electronic music.

Bryant has earned the National Band Association's William D. Revelli Composition Award three times, most recently in 2010 for “Ecstatic Waters.” His music has been performed by multiple ensembles in North America, Europe and East Asia.

Steven Bryant

Verena M. Moesenbichler-Bryant
Bryant will be in residence at RIC for one week, attending rehearsals of his music, lecturing students in composition and music theory and attending the RIC Wind Ensemble’s performance on April 22.

Moesenbichler-Bryant, who made her conducting debut at 16, is the director of the Duke University Wind Symphony. She currently serves as executive director of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project, an international youth orchestra in Schladming, Austria.

Franzblau is an associate professor of music and the assistant chair of the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department at RIC. He has been the director of bands at the college since 1997.

Tickets for the concert are $10, with discounts for seniors and non-RIC students; free for RIC faculty, alumni, students and staff. For your convenience, tickets can be purchased as follows: in advance via Visa or MasterCard or Discover by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; or in person at the Nazarian Center Box Office in Roberts Hall. The Box Office is also open for sales two hours prior to performance start time in the appropriate show venue.