Nov. 10, 2009
Wind Symphony concert features Kramer's 'Inaugural Festive Fanfare'
The Northwest Wind Symphony under the direction of Carl A. Kling, director of bands, will perform in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.
This year's concert is titled "Destinations" and will feature the "Inaugural Festive Fanfare," a piece commissioned by the Northwest Wind Symphony to honor and celebrate the recent installation of Dr. John Jasinski, Northwest's 10 th president. Written by Northwest's Dr. Ernest Kramer, professor of music, the work is a celebration of the energy of Northwest's newest president. The work leads off with an exuberant flourish of timpani and trumpets heralding a new and optimistic future for Northwest. The second, more lyric, section of the work pays tribute to Northwest's history and lineage while the third section brings back the musical ideas from the beginning with even more brilliance as the work draws to a close.
Kramer was educated at the Vienna Conservatory, Peabody-Vanderbilt University, Drake University and the University of North Texas. He has been at Northwest since 1985 and his teaching responsibilities include advanced music theory, ear training, choral composition and arranging, form analysis and music literature. As a recitalist, Kramer has appeared nationally as well as in Germany and the Ukraine. He performs on the piano, harpsichord and organ. His piano compositions have been published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Alfred Publishing, The Willis Music Company, Myklas Music Press and Da Capo Music Limited of England, and his symphonic and chamber works have been published by Seesaw Press. In addition, Kramer's articles on Beethoven, Mozart, Weber, Copland, Britten and Barber have appeared in prominent publications including the American Music Teacher Journal and Clavier Magazine.
Kling joined the Northwest Department of Music faculty in 2004 as director of bands and serves as director of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Northwest Orchestra and the Bearcat Marching Band. He also is the faculty adviser and administrator of the Northwest Pep Band. He teaches courses in conducting, composition and arranging and marching band techniques. Kling has presented performances in London, England, for the 2008 New Year's Celebration, the Nebraska Music Educators Association in 2007 and served as a guest conductor for many Missouri District Honor Bands. As an active clinician, Kling has worked with top concert and marching ensembles in Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas.
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