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CONTACT: Sarah Snyder
October 12, 2012 – College Park, MD – Gabrieli’s Garden will take listeners on a daring musical journey, as the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra (UMWO) performs wind music from the late 16th century to the early 1990s. The concert takes place on November 2 at 8 p.m. at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
The program opens with Gabrieli’s Canzonas and Sonatas — the first piece of wind music ever written — and travels from the late 1500s to modern times to show the evolution and growth of wind music. Other works include John Adams's cartoon-influenced Chamber Symphony, Strauss's youthful, jaunting Serenade and Rands's ritualistic Ceremonial.
Conductor Michael Votta says, “Gabrieli’s Garden evokes a little bit of mystery, spirituality and danger. The program is emblematic of creeping vines that take over a garden and promises to be an enticing and seductive night of music.”
About Michael Votta, Conductor
Praised for his drive and ability to communicate artistic thoughts, Michael Votta joined the faculty of the UMD School of Music in the fall of 2008. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music and maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician. In addition to being the author of numerous articles on wind literature and conducting, Votta performs as a clarinetist throughout the United States and Europe.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more about the Clarice Smith Center's donor support.