Wind symphony to stage ambitious Prokofiev work
The University of North Texas Wind Symphony will present one of the few American live performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s Ode to the End of War at 7:30 p.m. today in the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
The Wind Symphony is under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon, regents professor of music.
Prokofiev’s Ode to the End of War, written in 1945, calls for an exceptional ensemble — eight harps and four grand pianos in addition to the wind symphony.
“I know of no other wind band pieces with this many harps, as well as original parts for saxophone, which is highly original in orchestral writing,” Corporon said in a news release. “While saxophones were standard in a wind band in 1945, the inclusion of saxophone parts in a Prokofiev work is unique. This is a very rare performance of Ode to the End of War, one of only a few that have happened in the United States. It’s not something you see every day, and UNT’s College of Music is in a unique position of having the resources to assemble this much equipment.”
Tonight’s performance also includes pieces by Leonard Bernstein, Eric Whitacre, Kyle Kindred, Chang Su Koh and UNT alumnus Michael Daugherty. The event features College of Music guest conductors Nipat Kanchanahud and Kristopher Quaale.
Tickets cost $10 for adults; and $8 for seniors, non-UNT students, children and university faculty, staff and retirees. UNT students can get in for free with a valid student ID.
— Staff report