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The UCSB Wind Ensemble will present its Fall Concert, "...but the light always returns" on November 17, at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.
The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Andy Radford, is made up of musicians from the UCSB department of music, and musicians across the university.
Several pieces on the program will deal with light and dark, good and evil, and the contrasting spaces and interactions between those elements.
"Lux Arumque", Light from Gold, is perhaps the most well-known piece by the famed Choral Composer, Eric Whitacre. "36 Blocks" is a musical narrative about the destruction of the Greenwood Area ("Black Wall Street") of Tulsa, Oklahoma in racially motivated riots in 1921. This piece was composed by Heather Ellis Koehn. The piece is accompanied by a spoken poem, "recipe for a massacre: tulsa, 1921", by poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana. The poem will be delivered by Chris Williams, a 2022 UCSB Graduate in Communications and Black Studies.
Robert Washburn's stylish piece, "Partita", is a classic of the Wind Ensemble repertoire. "Angels in the Architecture" by Frank Ticheli, unfolds as a dramatic conflict between two extremes, one divine and one evil. The piece is framed by a soprano soloist singing in the rafters! Bethany Le, a graduate of Westmont College, and a member of the Santa Barbara-based ensemble, Quire of Voyces, will deliver the vocal solos.
The concert will conclude with Leonard Bernstein's famed Overture to "Candide". With music based on the Voltaire play, an elegant, singable theme is combined with comic elements for a memorable concert closer.
General ($10); Senior/Military/Non-UCSB students with ID ($7); UCSB students with ID and children under 12 (FREE)