Butler will be the star soloist of the Indiana Wind Symphony concert • Current editions

Fittingly, the Indiana Wind Symphony’s next concert is called “Winter Festival: All That Sparkles.” The recent winter storm has been a factor in the adjustment of the musical programming.

IWS music director Charles Conrad said two rehearsals were canceled due to potential exposure to COVID-19, then another was canceled due to the February 2 winter storm. So Conrad released a few tracks and made it into a concert without intermission.

Principal flautist Carl Butler will be the featured soloist when the concert premieres at 6:30 p.m. on February 20 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Butler will perform a piece called “Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso” by French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. This will be the second play performed.

“It’s a piece played by both a violinist and a flautist,” Conrad said. “It works equally well in both versions.”

The concert will open with “Fanfare for Freedom” by Harry Bulow, professor of music at Purdue University.

The IWS piece took the concert title from “Sparkle” by Shafer Mahoney.

“It includes piano, flutes and clarinets over a truly wonderful sparkling melody,” Conrad said.

The next piece is ‘Caccia’ by Norman Dello Joio. Dello Joio died in 2008.

“Dello Joio wrote for all kinds of ensembles, orchestras, choirs and wind bands,” Conrad said. “He also wrote music for movies.”

The next piece is “The Illuminator” by George Rosenkrans.

“He’s a composer who never achieved great fame even though he wrote a lot of music, and a lot of it is pretty good,” Conrad said. “He was a kind of hermit who lived in central Pennsylvania. He published many of his plays, but many were stored in a trunk in his house. Some of them were published after his death in the 1950s.”

The concert ends with “Signets du Japon: Symphonie n° 4” by Julie Giroux.

“She’s got a lot of Hollywood history,” Conrad said. “She studied with John Williams and Bill Conti and a few other well-known Hollywood composers. She specializes in writing wonderful works for wind bands. In this piece there are six movements, and each one is inspired of a Japanese print she saw on a set of mid-19th century bookmarks.

“It will have some of the traditional Japanese musical textures that people have come to expect, including lots of drumming.”

To learn more, visit indianawindsymphony.org.

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