The BYU Wind Symphony Takes Audiences Around the World in March 6 Concert

The band will close their performance with Michael Martin’s “Lontano,” a symphony for wind ensemble

The BYU Wind Symphony will take audiences around the world with music from France, Iran, Germany, Japan and Spain in their March 6 concert. 

“We’re offering a variety of international music, from old to new pieces,” said Wind Symphony director Don Peterson. “The major work we’re performing is ‘Lontano,’ a symphony for wind ensemble. It’s a technically and emotionally charged piece and an exhilarating end to the concert.”

“Lontano” was written by contemporary American composer Michael Martin and is titled after the Italian word for “distance.” The piece has been an involved — but rewarding — challenge for the Wind Symphony musicians.

“It’s a fascinating piece that takes you on a journey, starting at a distance and getting nearer throughout,” said Peterson. “It’s stretched us technically; there are a lot of emotional changes and some offstage instruments. I would say we’ve spent more than half of our rehearsal time just on ‘Lontano.’”

Wind Symphony president Amanda Schroath is excited to share the results of the ensemble’s practice and dedication with campus audiences.

“We have a lot of difficult pieces that we’ve spent a lot of time working on, and I am so excited to share the end results with everyone!” she said. “I hope audiences are able to leave their cares behind for an hour or so to listen to some beautiful music by some incredible and inspired composers.”

Schroath, a music education major, is grateful for the lessons and experiences she has had during her time in the band.

“Being in Wind Symphony has helped me create a high standard of excellence,” said Schroath. “It can sometimes be difficult to work on the same piece or the same measures seemingly a thousand times, but you start to notice the small improvements become big improvements over time. I hope to apply the same diligence and attitude of doing my best in any and every scenario in my future — that’s how I’ll turn my weaknesses into strengths.”

Tickets and Show Details

Performance Dates and Times: March 6 | 7:30 p.m. 

Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center

Price: $7-11

Tickets: Available in person at the BYU HFAC or Marriott Center Ticket Office, by phone at (801) 422-2981 or online at byuarts.com