Symphonic Wind Ensemble to feature Concerto Competition winner

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents its mid-semester performance in the intimate space of Esber Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Tickets, $4.99 for the general public and $2 for students, are available at the door.

The program features student clarinet soloist Eddie Sundra, a winner of the 2013-14 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. Since 1996, this competition has provided solo opportunities for the most outstanding instrumentalists in the School of Music.

Sundra will be joined by the ensemble in a performance of Frank Ticheli's "Riffs for Lenny," the third movement of Ticheli's clarinet concerto which pays homage to American composers George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story'" will follow the concerto movement. 

The program also includes works by Richard Strauss, Dutch renaissance composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and former Eastman School of Music faculty member Warren Benson. The ensemble is conducted by Dennis Glocke.

This concert is available through live streaming video at the Penn State School of Music.


"Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare" -- Richard Strauss

"Mein junges Leben hat ein End" -- Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, scored for winds by Ramon Ricker

"The Solitary Dancer" -- Warren Benson

Riffs for Lenny (from "Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble") -- Frank Ticheli

"Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story'" -- Leonard Bernstein, transcribed by Paul Lavender

Senior performance major Eddie Sundra is from Media, Pa. A clarinet student of Penn State professor Anthony Costa, he is a 2014 winner of the Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Music Scholarship, which supports one year of graduate study at any accredited institution of higher learning or conservatory of the student’s choice. In 2013, Eddie was named as a recipient of an Eleanor Beene scholarship and, in 2012, he was awarded second prize in the International Clarinet Association’s orchestral audition competition. He also participated in the Eastern Music Festival with conductor Gerard Schwartz. After graduation, Eddie plans to pursue a master's degree in clarinet performance.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier wind/percussion ensemble in the School of Music. This highly select 40-member ensemble is comprised of the finest wind and percussion instrumentalists on campus. It performs a variety of repertoire ranging from chamber music to literature that utilizes the full ensemble. It concertizes extensively both on and off campus, and is open to all students, regardless of major, by audition.

Last Updated February 26, 2014