Wind Ensemble

windNow in its fourth decade, the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble continues to program and perform first-class repertoire, including works by Benson, Grainger, Hindemith, Holst, Husa, and Schwantner.  The Chamber Winds (an offshoot of the wind ensemble) offers students an opportunity to perform works written for smaller forces, including antiphonal brass music by Gabrieli, serenades by Mozart and Dvorak, and theatre music by Kurt Weill.  The ensemble has also been active in commissioning and performing new music for winds, including pieces by Canadian composers Bruce Carlson, Allan Gilliland and Michael Matthews.

Conducted by: Jacqueline Dawson
   
Who is eligible? The Wind Ensemble is, primarily, wind, brass and percussion majors at the Faculty of Music. However, ANY university age musician is eligible to play with the Ensemble and we regularly have 2 or 3 non-music students playing in the group.
   
Days and times: Tuesdays & Thursdays
1:30 to 3:45 pm at The Great Hall

The Wind Ensemble has performed throughout Manitoba and Western Canada, has been an invited guest ensemble at the Cantando International Music Festival in Edmonton, as well as having performed several times at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival. The Ensemble has released four CDs of Canadian Wind Band Music, North Winds I, II, III & IV, with a fifth in progress.

LISTEN to the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble! 

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LISTEN and SEE the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble!

Rhapsody in Blue (1924) by George Gershwin; March 3, 2013.

Oiseaux Exotiques (1956) by Olivier Messiaen; March 3, 2013.

Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments (1924) by Igor Stravinsky; March 3, 2013.

Mountains Rising Nowhere by Joseph Schwantner; November 25, 2011.

Carmina Burana - Orff. Recorded live on October 30, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Conducted by Dr. Fraser Linklater


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2016-2017 Concerts: (Friday Evenings)

October 14:  Fantastique!
7:30 pm - Jubilee Place, MBCI

November 25:  Variations
8:00 pm - Jubilee Place, MBCI

February 10:  Suite Dreams
7:30 pm - Jubilee Place, MBCI

March 31:  From Russia, With Love
7:30 pm - Glenlawn Collegiate
 

North Winds Recording Project

North Winds IV

The North Winds Project provides recordings of repertoire by Canadian composers and arrangers as a reference for teachers and a model for students.


 Repertoire highlights from 2015-2016 include:
Appalachian Spring — Aaron Copland
Symphonic Metamorphosis — Paul Hindemith
La Fiesta Mexicana — H. Owen Reed
Sinfonietta — Leos Janacek
Gloriosa — Yasuhide Ito
Firebird Suite — Igor Stravinsky
Yiddish Dances — Adam Gorb
Second Suite in F — Gustav Holst



 Chamber Winds

The Chamber Winds is an offshoot of the wind ensemble, and offers students an opportunity to perform works written for smaller forces, including antiphonal brass music by Gabrielli, serenades by Mozart and Dvorak, and theatre music by Kurt Weill.