RIC Wind Ensemble to perform New England composers works Feb. 26

The RIC Wind Ensemble concert, “New England Voices,” will feature works written by prominent New England composers. The concert will be held in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall on Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m.

The RIC Wind Ensemble
Robert Franzblau, conductor of the RIC Wind Ensemble, said “we should encourage and promote the best music in our communities before, or at least while, looking further afield, whether it's classical composers, rock performers, teachers or whatever.”

The program features the premiere of a new piece by Boston-area composer, Michael Weinstein, who will be attending some rehearsals to help “shape the piece and offer insights.” Franzblau described the work as “challenging, but also very beautiful and colorful.”

Mary Ellen Guzzio
Weinstein’s piece is a concerto for flute and wind ensemble, and will feature Mary Ellen Guzzio, associate professor of music, as a soloist. The piece calls on Guzzio's flexibility as a performer, as she's called on to play the flute, alto flute and piccolo. The RIC Wind Ensemble commissioned the composition with funds from the RIC Performing and Fine Arts Commission.

The program also features "All In Good Time," originally written for orchestra by RIC adjunct instructor Barbara Kolb, who transcribed the composition for wind ensemble at the request of Franzblau, who said “[Kolb] has a great ear for texture and color, which she manipulates in the wind ensemble as deftly as she does in orchestral and chamber music.”

“All in Good Time” features an extended solo for saxophone, which will be played by jazz performer Greg Abate, a RIC adjunct professor.

Greg Abate
The program will also feature the "Chester Overture," conducted by RIC music student Jenna Ramos, two short pieces by composer Charles Ives and will conclude with Boston composer Michael Gandolfi’s "Vientos y Tangos" (Winds and Tangos).

The RIC Wind Ensemble will perform this program at the eastern division conference of college band directors on March 12. The music selected was designed to set the RIC ensemble apart from other colleges performing in the conference according to Franzblau, who organized the program.

General admission for New England Voices is $10.