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Collegiate Winds to perform diverse range of genres in concert

February 20, 2014

ditirro.4@osu.edu

Ohio State student musicians are set to perform a diverse concert, which they hope will reach all different types of audience members.

The Collegiate Winds concert is set to be held at Weigel Hall Thursday at 8 p.m. Under the direction of conductor Nicholas Enz, the concert is set to feature works by composers William Latham, Percy Grainger and Malcolm Arnold.

Enz is in his second year of pursuing his doctorate at OSU. Formerly, he taught at Michigan Technological University.

“I enjoy working with the ensemble because everyone works hard to push themselves and the ensemble musically. We are always looking for ways to improve our musicianship,” Enz said in an email.

Various musical styles are set to be performed during the concert including Dixieland, chorale preludes and standard multi-movement wind band works, Enz said.

“We strive to make our programs diverse to both the musicians and the audience. There is always a variety of standard classical works, orchestral transcriptions and contemporary works,” Enz said.

Enz said the variety of the program should allow for every audience member to connect with at least one piece.

“The concert may even bring back memories of times when members of the audience were in band or orchestra,” Enz said.

The ensemble is made up of approximately 60 music majors and non-music majors and performs four concerts per year.  Enz said the band’s mission is dedicated to widening perspectives of both students and performers.

Anne Saltsman, an oboe player in Collegiate Winds and second-year in music education, said she enjoys playing with the group because of the diversity of students and repertoire.

“Along with playing excellent repertoire, we also have the opportunity to meet and bond with students pursing all different degrees,” Saltsman said in an email.

Michellie Dando is a first-year in chemical engineering and plays the flute for Collegiate Winds. She said she enjoys continuing to practice music in college because it helps her relieve stress.

Dando said she believes students will enjoy the performance on Thursday because of the passion of the ensemble.

“Students would really enjoy this concert because of how the music sucks you in. The band plays with so much energy and emotion that it’s impossible not to feel what we as musicians are feeling,” Dando said in an email.

OSU students can receive one free ticket when they present a valid BuckID at the door. Tickets are $10 for the general public.


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