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UNIVERSITY WIND ORCHESTRA
THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2008 Conductors: Kieran O’Riordan Mark Aspinall Steppin’ Out! Guy WOOLFENDEDN Illyrian Dances Gustav HOLST arr. BRAND Dances from The Morning of the Year Leonard BERNSTEIN arr. STITH Three Dance Episodes from On the Town Plus - A selection of songs & choruses from the musical stage! Experience the magic of the stage in this sparkling evening of music from theatre, ballet and musicals. Guy Woolfenden’s Illyrian Dances found their beginnings in music originally composed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, reworked into a suite which is tender and ebullient in its evocation of Shakespeare’s mythical country. Gustav Holst’s Dances from The Morning of the Year is a more expansive and ambitious work, a contemplative masque on the English rites of spring which reflects nature's recurring rebirth. In contrast, Leonard Bernstein’s vibrant and jazzy Dance Episodes from On the Town celebrate the hectic pace of life in downtown New York – a fitting nod to the composer in what would have been his 90th year. To round the evening off in style, musicians from the Wind Orchestra will be joined by the singers of Musicality, the University’s musical theatre society in a dazzling selection of songs & choruses from Broadway and the West End.