To kick off our 2022-2023 season, we began with a concert in Smith College’s beautiful Sweeny/Sage Hall with our Program Legends and Dances.
Kauyumari by Gabriela Ortiz arranged by Michael Brignolo
Cumbia Moderna by Rodrigo Martinez Torres
Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst
Fandangos by Roberto Sierra
This concert was the second performance of Cumbia Moderna, and the second performance Michael Brignolo’s wind band arrangement of Kauyumari.
After our concert, we held a recording session to provide reference recordings for both Kauyumari and Cumbia Moderna. It was very special to have Rodrigo Martinez Torres (the composer of Cumbia Moderna) join us for the concert and recording session!
Our Summer 2022 Concert series featuring the Valley Winds Chamber Ensemble.
This summer was our first collaboration with the new owners of Plum Brook farm. They welcomed us to the Orchard as well as Lemon Bakery, who sold delicious dessert at the intermission.
This is the program from the last two concerts:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Wendt
Le nozze di Figaro
(1756 – 1791)
Fantasía Sobre Un Tema Original de Erik Zyman
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Serenade in E-Flat major, KV 375
I. Allegro maestoso
The Valley Winds were invited to open at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA for the John Philip Sousa National High School Honors Band.
We were very excited to bring the music of Nubia Jaime Donjuan to Mechanics Hall for another performance of Little Mexican Suite.
A wonderful concert in the center of Amherst, MA where we performed works from composers such as Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, Karl King, John Phillip Sousa, as well as the new composition by Nubia Jaime Donjuan; Little Mexican Suite.
Our Poor Poet Concert was performed in conjunction with the Northampton High School’s band. This was a special concert, as it included the premiere of the winner of our very first composition competition, Joshua Michal performing a solo on French Horn, and then a performance of Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune and Shephard’s Hey! with the high school students playing alongside us.
The Valley Winds performed an exciting and tasty concert of MUSICAL TAPAS. We performed many well known classics, but also featured thenew work Brancaleone by Brazilian composer Jayme Vignoli, second-place winner of The Valley Winds 2021 International Composition Competition.
This was the first concert that we had performed since the COVID-19 pandemic had taken over the world. It was very special to get back together to make music once again as a full ensemble.
Our annual Orchestra in the Orchard chamber music series hosted at Small Ones Farm. Patrons enjoy local berry pie and ice cream during intermission.
Selections included works by Mozart, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and many more!