Rita Sloan Plays Messiaen: UMD Wind Orchestra • IN-PERSON

Rita Sloan Plays Messiaen • IN-PERSON

UMD Wind Orchestra
Friday, December 8, 2023 • 8PM

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Michael Votta, Jr., music director

Rita Sloan, piano

Rita Sloan is acknowledged internationally as a leading teacher of piano, collaborative piano and chamber music. She has performed with orchestra, in recital and chamber music internationally, and has been a guest in numerous chamber music venues, leading to performances with many of today’s foremost musicians. Sloan joins UMWO for their final performance of 2023, featuring Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques.

No other composer was ever so dedicated to the painstaking transcription, study and musical application of birdsong than Olivier Messiaen. Inspired by the words of his mentor, Paul Dukas, Messiaen drew inspiration from all kinds of birds, and his Oiseaux Exotiques was no exception.

Oiseaux Exotiques is described by Messiaen as, “almost a piano concerto,” with the piano playing a more prominent role than in his previous works in his style oiseaux (bird style). This piece showcases the songs of 18 species from India, China, Malaysia and the Americas–a menagerie of sound that could never exist in the natural world.


Nkeiru Okoye: Voices Shouting Out (commissioned work)
Olivier Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques
Oliver Nelson: Complex City


Stanislaw Skrowaczewski: Music for Winds
Michael Daugherty: Passacaglia in Primary Colors


Led by Michael Votta, Jr., UMWO is a leader among collegiate ensembles in premiering new works for winds. This season’s engaging performances will feature faculty soloists and world premieres of new works and masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries.