Faculty of Music
Sunday's concert features two world premieres
The WLU Wind Ensemble concert on Sunday, November 23 includes world premieres by two composers, one of whom will be in attendance.
- Nightfall op. 27 for trumpet, bassoon, harp, and wind orchestra, by Mathieu Lussier, commissioned by the American Wind Symphony.
- Concerto, Op. 62 for Bassoon and Brass Choir, by Eric Funk, commissioned by WLU instructor Nadina Mackie Jackson as part of an ongoing project to enrich bassoon repertoire.
Lussier’s catalogue of work contains over 30 pieces for winds, strings, and voice, including the Double Concerto for Trumpet and Bassoon, recorded by Guy Few and Nadina Mackie Jackson with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra—both are members of Laurier’s music faculty and will be performing in Sunday’s concert. Lussier is also an accomplished baroque bassoonist.
Funk has composed 107 major works, one-third of which have been commission; his work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, and he has been featured on NPR and CBS TV.
“His work is wonderfully challenging," says Michael Purves-Smith, Director of WLU's Wind Ensemble, about Funk's compositions."Texture is very important to him, and I’m eager to hear what he’s done."
Funk is traveling to Waterloo from his home in Montana to attend Sunday's concert.
“This concert will be significant,” Purves-Smith says. “We have premieres by two composers, each having a pretty big name.” The wind ensemble concert will be in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for students and seniors.