Univ. of Miami Wind Ensemble
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Another spectacular recording of works for wind ensemble from Gary Green and the University of Miami.

Eric Whitacre received his M.M. in composition from the Juilliard School, where he studied composition with John Corigliano. In 1996, Gary Green approached him about a possible commission for the University of Miami Wind Ensemble. The composer began work on the commission on July 1, 1997, but two years later, little progress had been made. "That is not to say I had not written anything. On the contrary, I had written about 100 pages of material for three different pieces, but I wanted to give Gary something special and just could not find the perfect spark." The spark finally did come and the piece was premiered in March, 2000. Ney Rosauro was born in Rio de Janeiro. He composed his Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble during the winter of 1986 in Brazil and it was dedicated to his son. The music was originally written for marimba and string orchestra. The version heard on this recording was made several years later. Mark Camphouse is a product of the rich cultural life of Chicago. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois, studied at Northwestern University, and his First Symphony was premiered by the Colorado Philharmonic when he was 17 years old. Mark Camphouse writes: "Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1954, Ivy Green (the birthplace of Helen Keller) is located on a lovely 642 acre tract in historic Tuscumbia, Alabama. Truly America's first lady of courage, Helen Keller's powerful and wonderfully lyrical writings (ideally suited to musical dramatization) are just as compelling now as they were when they first appeared over half a century ago." It is these words that are set to music by Mr. Camphouse for soprano and wind orchestra in his piece Symphony from Ivy Green.
Contents:
Mark Camphouse, composer
Symphony from Ivy Green
Univ. of Miami Wind Ensemble, Gary Green, conductor, Elizabeth Curtis, soprano

Eric Whitacre, composer
Equus
Univ. of Miami Wind Ensemble, Gary Green, conductor

Ney Rosauro, composer
Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble
Univ. of Miami Wind Ensemble, Gary Green, conductor, Ney Rosauro, marimba

Review:
"The University of Miami Wind Ensemble is obviously a crackerjack collection of winds and percussionists, and these...works are played with great aplomb, fire, and professionalism." (Fanfare)
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