Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony announces an ambitious second season

The Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony and artistic director Lance C. Ohnmeiss announce their 2017 concert season, consisting of five concerts. The season will contain something for everyone with deep explorations of jazz, patriotism, Latin diversity and great traditional standards.

There will be a variety of exciting new commissions and premieres; many guest artist appearances; and exciting collaborations with a variety of performing groups. The Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony also will go on tour to several cities in Pennsylvania.

Each concert allows the professional musicians on stage to act and perform with the goal to entertain. The performances are a unique experience combining audible and visual artistry that immerses audiences in a musical world that takes them on a journey of sight and sound.

The season will open on June 2 with a traditional thrilling concert showcasing a variety of works for winds that display the virtuosity of the ensemble and feature works that have aided the wind ensemble’s growth as a truly embraced American art form.

Next up is a traditional 4th of July holiday extravaganza pops concert on July 2 in collaboration with the West Branch Chorale that will be filled with Sousa’s best marches plus a patriotic panoply of great songs from the American soundtrack.

The third concert on Sept. 16 in collaboration with the Pennsylvania College of Technology, celebrates diversity in Pennsylvania and all things Hispanic. Immerse yourself on a intensely hued journey through Latin America with vocals, mariachi and brilliant sounds with music from Mexico, Cuba, and Central and South America as we embrace one of Pennsylvania’s fastest growing cultural demographics.

The Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony will begin their tour of Pennsylvania at the historic Campus Theatre in Lewisburg on Oct. 11. Jazz in the concert hall is a musical journey through the development of jazz, one of America’s original art forms. This concert will feature Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Bernstein’s Prelude Fugue and Riffs, and more.

The final concert of the season on Dec. 16 will be at the North Theater in Scranton, consisting of winter and holiday presentations.

The Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony is the northeast’s newest professional wind ensemble under the direction of artistic director, Lance C. Ohnmeiss. It is made up of 45 superior woodwind, brass and percussionists from all across the United States. The ensemble is the vision of Ohnmeiss and development director, Daniel E. Lamade. The ensemble has been designed to perform at the highest level of excellence the wide range of musical styles of works written and arranged specifically for winds, brass and percussion by many influential composers.

The ensemble has been developed to maintain a superior professional ensemble that can provide diverse and unique concerts to audiences and create, develop, and facilitate educational outreach opportunities to help strengthen the performing arts throughout the northeast.

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