The UW Wind Ensemble performs works prepared for the group’s 2013 concert tour to Beijing (March 22 through April 2). Selections include works by Kevin Puts, John Mackey, David Gillingham, David Maslanka, and Bruce Broughton. Soloists include Seattle Symphony Principal Trumpet and School of Music faculty artist David Gordon and graduate students Danny Helseth and Jon Hansen.
Millenium Canons (Kevin Puts)
Sheltering Sky (John Mackey)
Diversive Elements (David Gillingham)
Danny Helseth, euphonium/Jon Hansen, tuba
Excursions for Trumpet and Band (Bruce Broughton)
David Gordon, trumpet
Symphony #4, David Maslanka
CHINA TOUR BACKGROUND
Fifty-six members of the UW Wind Ensemble will spend spring break 2013 in Beijing performing at the China Conservatory of Music and various other concert venues. The group’s visit, funded in part by the Chinese government, is intended to enhance cultural exchange activities between the United States and China through shared musical endeavors and exchange of scholars.
As part of the cultural exchange activities between the School of Music and the China Conservatory, UW Flute Assistant Professor Donna Shin will travel to Beijing in November to work with students from the China Conservatory and other institutions. Professors Shannon Dudley, Craig Sheppard, and Timothy Salzman have also been guests of the China Conservatory over the past three years. The School of Music, meanwhile, has welcomed Nan Zhang, one of the two trumpet teachers at the China Conservatory, to Seattle for the year as a visiting artist.
While in Beijing, the UW Wind Ensemble is scheduled to perform in a shared 'side-by-side' concert with the China Conservatory Wind Ensemble and will also present concerts at other major venues in Beijing. A chamber music recital with alternating performances by students from both institutions is also on the itinerary. On March 31, the group will perform at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Tiananmen Square. “The NCPA committee was apparently quite impressed by the application and the presentation given by Zhao-Rong Chen, professor of flute at the China Conservatory and alumni of the UWSOM ('09 DMA Flute Performance),” says Timothy Salzman, conductor of the Wind Ensemble. “The National Center is the most amazing concert complex I've ever seen in my life,” he adds. Professor Salzman conducted the Beijing Wind Orchestra, a professional wind ensemble, in a concert at the NCPA in April 2011.
Saturday, March 23: Arrive in Beijing
Sunday, March 24: Rehearsal; sightseeing, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
Monday, March 25: Chamber Music Concert at Renmin University
Tuesday, March 26: Sightseeing, Great Wall. Evening rehearsal with China Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Wednesday, March 27: Concert at China Conservatory.
Thursday, March 28: Concert at Tsinghua University.
Friday: March 29: Visit National Museum; dress rehearsal and concert
Saturday: March 30: Sightseeing, Summer Palace, Children's Palace. UW Audition at Renmin University.
Sunday: March 31: Concert at National Center for the Performing Arts
Monday: April 1: Depart for Seattle
Tim Salzman, conductor
Timothy Salzman serves as Professor of Music/Director of Concert Bands, is conductor of the University Wind Ensemble and teaches students enrolled in the graduate instrumental conducting program at the School of Music.
Prior to his appointment at the UW he served for four years as Director of Bands at Montana State University where he founded the MSU Wind Ensemble. From 1978 to 1983 he was band director in the Herscher, Illinois, public school system where the band program received several regional and national awards in solo/ensemble, concert and marching band competition.
Professor Salzman holds degrees from Wheaton (IL) College (Bachelor of Music Education), and Northern Illinois University (Master of Music in low brass performance), and studied privately with Arnold Jacobs, former tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Salzman has authored numerous publications for bands with the C. L. Barnhouse, Arranger's Publications, Columbia Pictures, Hal Leonard Publishing and Nihon Pals publishing companies, and has served on the staff of new music reviews for The Instrumentalist magazine.
Professor Salzman is a national artist/clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America and has been a conductor, adjudicator or arranger for bands throughout the United States and in Canada, England, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, Singapore, China, and Japan, a country he has visited twenty-one times.
During his 2011 spring term sabbatical leave he returned for a third time to Beijing where he was in residence at the Beijing Conservatory, conducting and giving master classes for numerous bands including a concert appearance at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Tianenmen Square with the Beijing Wind Orchestra, the first professional wind ensemble in Beijing. He also adjudicated the Singapore Youth Festival National Concert Band Championships. Upon his return to the United States he conducted the UCLA Wind Ensemble in their final concert of their academic year.
Professor Salzman is compiling editor and co-author (with several current and former UW graduate students) of A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, a five-volume series of books on contemporary wind band composers published by Meredith Music Publications, a subsidiary of the Hal Leonard Corporation.
He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and is a past president of the Northwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association.