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Wind Orchestra

“A UNLV WIND ORCHESTRA CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR 730....59 PLAYERS....4 CONDUCTORS....TECHNICIANS...THEY STARTED RIGHT ON TIME.......WHAT ?

 

HOW HARD IS THIS .....AMAZING..... I SALUTE THEM ALL AND THE PLAYING WAS  SPECIAL ALSO.  FIVE SHORT PIECES.... AN INTERMISSION AND IT WAS OVER IN 66               MINUTES ...BEAUTIFUL.

     I TEND TO NOT BE CRAZY ABOUT HORNS....BUT TONIGHT I WAS CRAZY ABOUT                   HORNS AND THEY WEASLED IN A HARP...CELLO AND 2 BASS....YES.

         5 COMPOSERS UNKNOWN TO ME....TIL NOW....ALL GOOD....TWO LIVING...THE                       FINALE THE TOAST....THIS.... JOHN MACKKEY...THE FROZEN                                                        CATHEDRAL.....REALLY INOVATIVE...HORNS AND BELLS AND TOOTS AND HOOTS                AND WHISTLES AND EXTRA PERCUSSION...SOME FROM THE BACK OF THE                           AUDITORIUM AT HAM HALL......HAM HALL ACQUISTICS JUST THE BEST EVER,                      ESPECIALLY FOR THIS VARIETY OF SOUND.....IN THE BACK ROW A COUPLE OF                     SETS OF PERCUSSION........MADE MY DAY !” - Vegas Entertainment.Blogspot.com, Ed                    Bruce Reviewer

                    "The UNLV Wind Orchestra performed Frozen Cathedral and other select pieces at the                             Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on Thursday night. The Wind Orchestra — comprised of                          music majors, non-majors and select graduate students — featured a cast of performers                             with local, national and international backgrounds.

 

                          The theater lights dimmed a little after 7:30 p.m. as the orchestra readied themselves.                                Onstage, there were a variety of woodwind, brass, string, percussion and keyboard                                     instruments present. After the instruments tuned, Leslie made his way to the stage to                                   conduct the night’s first piece, Janitzio.  Douglas transcribed the version of the                                          Silvestre Revueltas work played by the orchestra that night. The piece was played in                                 a festive, waltz-like manner by the orchestra.

 

                                   The highlight of the night, however, was the performance of John Mackey’s, The                                       Frozen Cathedral.  Mackey originally wrote the piece based off of inspiration                                            from the Alaskan mountain, Mount McKinley.

 

                                       What really captured the essence of the song most, was the icy aura of the                                                  orchestra that was conducted by Leslie.  The twinkly, metallic sound provided                                           by the percussion sections and harpist during the intro gave the piece a                                                        chilling, yet refreshing sound to the ears. As the piece progressed, it became                                               warmer in sound, ending in a cold silence.

 

                                               The concert ended with a standing ovation from the audience as the three                                                   other conductors joined Leslie and the orchestra on stage to take a bow."                                                     - UNLV Rebel Yell, Jacob Lasky, Reviewer, March 3, 2014   

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