The renowned FSU Wind Orchestra will open the 2019-2020 concert season under the direction of their music director/conductor Richard Clary. The featured work is a World Premiere of a commissioned piece by the composer Jonathan Newman. The work, titled Pi’ilani and Ko’olau, is an “Imagined Ballet” to a scenario commissioned by the composer from Brooklyn playwright Gary Winter. It references an actual, yet phantasmagorical historical (and really quite tragic) event. The protagonist, Ko’olau, an Hawaiian folk hero, leads a colony of “leprosy" victims (now more respectfully referred to as "Hansen’s Disease") in an attempt to avoid government persecution, isolation, and extermination. This remarkably vivid historical “folk tale” is overtly colorful, passionate, and magical, utilizing exotic indigenous Hawaiian and traditional instruments. The balance of the program will feature works by the great French composer Darius Milhaud (“West Point Suite”), and Hungarian composition icon Bela Bartók's joyous and passionate setting of popular folk songs of Roumania ("Jocùri Poporale Romanesti”).
All UMA events are ticketed. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and non-FSU students, and free for current FSU students with a valid FSU ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the College of Music Box Office at 850-645-7949 or visit us at music.fsu.edu/boxoffice for event-specific ticket information.
This event will be live streamed. Please visit wfsu.org/television/live-stream.php on the event date and time to access the feed.
Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Ruby Diamond Concert Hall (RDCH)
222 S Copeland St., Tallahassee, FL