Shout! Music of Protest and Joy
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An important new work for wind ensemble by Olin Hannum coupled with a classic wind symphony by David Maslanka.

In the midst of the global strife caused by COVID, the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and the erosion of civil liberties around the world, we have felt an overwhelming need to shout. The music on this recording is centered around the need to shout; shout in frustration over the loss of individual freedoms or the overwhelming desire to shout for joy. The music reflects this very human need. While Olin Hannum's work is a piece written to reflect the dual characters of devastation and solemnity, built on turbulence and instability from the opening figures to the final note, the central driving force of Maslanka's work is the impulse to shout for the joy of life. The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble explores new literature as well as performing the masterworks of the wind ensemble genre. They have commissioned 11 composers and their reputation for excellence is acknowledged by the wind ensemble community. Conductor Erik Leung is a native of Canada. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Calgary.
Olin Hannum, composer
Sea of Umbrellas
Oregon State University Wind Ensemble; Erik Leung (conductor)

David Maslanka, composer
Symphony No. 4
Oregon State University Wind Ensemble; Erik Leung (conductor)

Review to come.