Sierra Nevada Winds perform in Rocklin |

Sierra Nevada Winds perform in Rocklin

The winds will be blowing Saturday night at Rocklin’s Sierra College campus – the Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra, that is.

The Winds, under the direction of William “Bill” Hill, will perform the music of five American composers. Hill is well known for his dynamic programming and love of music that conveys a story. “I think the audience will find this concert emotionally rewarding and musically satisfying,” he said after a recent rehearsal.

Alto saxophone soloist and longtime Nevada City resident Paul Trethewey will be featured in the hauntingly beautiful “The Echo Never Fades,” by David Gillingham. Trethewey performs with the rhythm and blues band Real George and the Blatweasels Saxophone Quartet.

Gary Truesdail will conduct Souza’s “The Pathfinder of Panama March,” in honor of John Philip Sousa’s 150th birthday. Philip Sparke’s “Suite from Hymn of the Highlands,” commissioned for the 2002 European Brass Band Championships Gala Concert in Brussels, will be a concert highlight. Clarinet and euphonium solos, a saxophone trio with accompanying percussion, and a bagpipe tune make this selection a definite crowd-pleaser.

Other notable concert selections are Leonard Bernstein’s lively “Four Dances” from “West Side Story,” “Chautauqua,” composed by Robert W. Smith, and David Gillingham’s “Council Oak,” which is based on four songs of the Seminole tribe and a poem by Moses Jumper Jr., and which pays homage to the great oak tree that, Gillingham says, ” … helped to breathe new life back into the Seminole tribe.”

The nonprofit Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra, composed of 45 brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, is nearing the close of its 13th season. “Twelve of our 45 members live in Nevada County,” says clarinetist and orchestra spokesperson Margaret Wegner, who also plays the penny whistle in a Celtic group called Vining Cottage. Many members do other interesting things, such as the Piners, who run triathlons; Joe Andre, who restores antique cars; Art Green, who is an inventor and was a county assessor; and Greg Goodknight, who flies mercy missions for the needy via Angel Flight.

WHAT: Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra’s concert of American composers

WHEN: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College in Rocklin

ADMISSION: $8 general; $5 for seniors and students

INFORMATION: Call Margaret Wegner at 269-0395.

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