The Brock University Wind Ensemble presents "Dizzy Fingers”

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The Brock University Wind Ensemble presents "Dizzy Fingers”

Published on November 14 2012

Brock University
Media Release

Nov. 14, 2012
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
905.688.5550 x4765

The Brock University Wind Ensemble presents "Dizzy Fingers” 

On Tuesday, November 27, 2012, the Department of Music’s University Wind Ensemble will explore the full breadth of wind ensemble repertoire as they present “Dizzy Fingers: an evening of musical fireworks from Shostakovich to Hindemith.”  The evening will feature a special debut performance by the Brockbusters, Brock University’s Jazz Band. Both ensembles perform under the baton of conductor Zoltan Kalman.

The University Wind Ensemble enjoys a rich tradition of providing positive, life-enhancing experiences for young people through the study and performance of wind band literature. Talented brass, woodwind, and percussion performers engage with their peers and conductor while pursuing their passion and enjoyment of music through creative expression.  The Wind Ensemble showcases the talent of 60 musicians drawn from the Brock community, local high schools, Niagara and Southern Ontario’s professional music community including Patrick Beard from the Niagara Symphony, and Dave Pearson and Mary-Anne Pearson from Hamilton’s Symphony on the Bay.  

High school students from the Niagara Region include:  Kendall Gallagher and Kaidi Bishop from E.L. Crossley Secondary School, Fonthill; Brandan Roberts from Laura Secord Secondary School, St. Catharines; and  Breton Lalama from Notre Dame College School, Welland.

The Wind Ensemble’s program, entitled “Dizzy Fingers,” features masterworks of the past and present including Dmitri Shostakovich, Festive Overture; Paul Hindemith, Wind Symphony in B-Flat; Philip Sparke, The Year of the Dragon; Carl Maria von Weber, Clarinet Concertino featuring our very own Charlotte Mahy; Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, Polar Express; Maurice Ravel, Pavane for a Dead Princess.

Kalman feels, “The upcoming Wind Ensemble performance will demonstrate the versatility and virtuosity of the group, and will highlight brilliant classical works and a refreshing walk on the easy listening Pops side.”

The Brock Jazz ensemble – the Brockbusters  – is made up of 20 members, forming a standard stage band setting. The Brockbusters are a Brock club, so while this is a first step towards more diverse programming, this genre of music is not part of the Music department’s curriculum. 

“I believe a jazz band should be an integral part of a balanced University music program, and it is my hope that students will be able to take it for credit in the near future,” states Kalman. The mission of the Jazz Band is to provide a venue to jazz lovers in the community. 

Such performances from the Department of Music are a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts' mandate in building connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University.

Plan to join us on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, and experience the sounds of both the Brock University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, at 7 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.  Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the Centre for the Arts Box Office, or at the door.


Media day: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 6 p.m., held in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University.

For more information contact:
Marie Balsom, Communications
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
T: 905-688-5550, ext. 4765 | E: | W:

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