The Wind Ensemble program features a special guest conductor, H. Robert Reynolds, Director of Bands, Emeritus, University of Michigan. Prof. Reynolds -- who is also conductor of the Detroit Chamber Winds, a professional wind ensemble - is one of the leading conductors in his field.
The May 1st concert also highlights two Rutgers faculty members: Gerald Chenoweth, Professor of Music at Mason Gross, who composed Fanfare, which opens the concert, and Kevin Cobb, who teaches trumpet at the university, and is a trumpet soloist during the performance. Mr. Cobb is also a member of the world-famous American Brass Quintet.
All of the band music for the program was written by noted American composer Virgil Thomson. The concert concludes with La Fiesta Mexicana, a symphony based on Mexican folk legends that's a standard for wind ensembles.
The University Wind Ensemble program will begin 8 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center on the Douglass Campus, New Brunswick. Immediately after the concert, the Rutgers Alumni Association will host a free reception in Rehearsal Hall.