The George Mason University Wind Symphony, led by Director of Bands Dr. William L. Lake, Jr., is a select ensemble comprised of outstanding wind, brass, and percussion players in the School of Music and the university. The ensemble’s mission is to study and perform the best literature available for wind band, while emphasizing soloistic and orchestral performance practice. The Wind Symphony ranks among the finest collegiate wind bands in the Commonwealth and performs the best of new band literature.
The Mason Wind Symphony and the United States Army Band collaborate on this special concert of epic proportions to close the Spring 2023 semester. Featuring the works of Steven Bryant, the Mason Wind Symphony presents “In this Broad Earth” and “Ecstatic Waters,” a musical fusion of computer electronics and live acoustic music. Bryant colloquially describes this work as W.B. Yeats meeting Ray Kurzweil in The Matrix.
Additionally, the Mason Bands welcome our military band neighbors, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” to the Center for the Arts Concert Hall as a featured guest! The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” provides musical support for the leadership of the United States, to include all branches of government, and to a wide spectrum of national and international events in order to connect the Army to the American people.
This concert will conclude with both ensembles filling the Center for the Arts Concert Hall with the combined sounds of both ensembles side-by-side performing Leonard Bernstein’s “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide and John Philip Sousa’s “The Thunderer.”
Tickets: $12 General Public, $8 Seniors, $5 Students