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Symphonies For Wind This Month

By Press Release, 2013-04-30

The Orange County Wind Symphony (OCWS) will present the seventh concert of its subscription season on Sunday, May 19, 2013, offering a survey of “Symphonies” for band.


We begin with a work for winds from the Classical Period in music. Louis Jadin (1768-1853) composed this short “Symphonie for Band” in 1794. It is reminiscent of many of the “harmoniemusik” compositions written during this time and suggests the style of an overture.

Morton Gould (1913-1996) had a varied career in vaudeville, as a composer for Radio City Music Hall, and as a composer for music for film and television. While his most popular piece is “American Salute” his “Symphony for Band “West Point” remains a favorite among performers of band music today. The Symphony was composed in January & February 1952 and Gould conducted the premiere with the West Point Academy Band on April 13, 1952. We are proud to present this magnificent composition as our tribute to the Morton Gould Centennial celebration.

James Barnes ( b.1949) began composing his Third Symphony shortly after the death of his baby daughter Natalie and as the composer writes “This symphony is the most emotionally draining work I have ever composed”. The first movement is a work containing much frustration, bitterness, despair, despair and despondency reflecting the composer’s feelings after his daughter’s death. The second movement, Scherzo, has a tinge of sarcasm and bitterness to it. The third movement is a fantasia reflecting on what his world would have been like if Natalie had lived. The finale represents a spirit of reconciliation and pure joy as his son Billy was born just three days after the completion of this symphony.

The Orange County Wind Symphony is a regional semi-professional Wind Ensemble serving a metropolitan area of approximately 3 million people. The OCSW is honored to be part of the Anaheim community and in July, 2011 was designated, along with the OCS as the Resident Wind Symphony for the City of Anaheim. The Wind Symphony is led by Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro, an accomplished Wind Band & Orchestral conductor, who currently serves on the faculties of the music departments of Fullerton College, Cal Poly Pomona, and Irvine Valley College.

For booking, interviews and complimentary tickets for reviews, please contact:

Dorothy Rose, (714) 778-0314




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