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Vegas Maximus

"The UNLV Wind Orchestra always impresses me with their recordings and VEGAS MAXIMUS is no different, it is exceptional.  “Scarlet and Silver Jubilee” by James Barnes leads off the program; Barnes calls this work a “Vegas Overture” and that says it all!  “Le Sentier” by Anthony LaBountyis based on the composer’s visit to the French Riviera and its picturesque settings.  LaBounty also scored Eric Whitacre’s “Eternal Flame” for voice and wind ensemble, this was written as a gift to UNLV and is a setting of the UNLV Alma Mater. Three diverse dance pieces are also included: “Kokopelli’s Dance” (Tanouye), “Baron Cimitiere’s Mambo” (Grantham), and “Dances From The Oprichnik” (Tchaikovsky/Bourgeois).  The “Hungarian Fantasy, Op. 33” by Carl Maria von Weber needs no introduction to bassoonists.  Janis McKay sparkles in the transcription by F. Mark Rogers.  The remaining two works feature the contributions of UNLV Instructor of Conducting, Takayoshi Suzuki.  Suzuki conducts “Flight” (Claude T. Smith) and also provides a masterful transcription of “Introduction and Aria, Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot” with a stirring performance by tenor Alphonse Anderson and conductor Thomas Leslie." - Bandworld Magazine, Oct. 2009

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