CCM director of Wind Studies Rodney Winther conducts his final CCM Wind Symphony concert on June 4 at 8 p.m. in Corbett Auditoriumin CCM Village, before retiring after 14 years with CCM.
This concert is also part of the first CCM Wind Studies Alumni Weekend, in which alumni have been invited to sit in on rehearsals, attend concerts and even perform in the final Wind Symphony concert. In addition to the Wind Symphony concert, the weekend will include performances by the Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble along with a post-concert reception. You can view a full schedule for the weekend here.
Titled “CCM Alumni Concert – A New Beginning,” the June 4 Wind Symphony concert will celebrate Winther’s career and the next chapter for the Wind Studies Department.
“This concert marks a new start for me and a new start for the Wind Studies program,” said Winther. “I’m excited to see old friends and former students, and I’m looking forward to making music with the Wind Symphony one last time.”
While preparing for this last year at CCM, Winther carefully selected works that he not only enjoyed performing, but also works that he had never done before and pieces that fit well with his students’ musical development.
The final Wind Symphony concert will include the following:
- David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4 – A sprawling tone poem based on the Protestant doxology.
- Karel Husa’s Music for Prague – A former colleague of Winther’s at Ithaca College, Husa composed this powerful work about the Communist invasion of Prague in 1968.
- Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy – One of the standard wind band works based on folk songs.
“As a conductor, there’s a physical and emotional connection to the music – there’s a huge amount of sound that comes at you and goes out into the audience,” said Winther. “I want to feel that sound and be responsible for molding it in conducting these final pieces at CCM.”
Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati
$10 general admission, $5 non-UC students, UC students FREE
For tickets or more information
Contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or visit ccm.uc.edu.
About Rodney Winther
Rodney Winther is currently in his 14th year as director of Wind Studies and professor of music at CCM. His duties at CCM include conducting the Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds and the CCM Chamber Players, while also teaching Masters and Doctoral students in Wind Conducting. Winther’s frequent appearances as guest conductor and clinician have taken him across the United States and abroad, including England, Ireland, the Republic of Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Venezuela and Canada. He has been invited to conduct many of the world’s finest ensembles, including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Summit Brass, The U.S. Navy Band, The U.S. Naval Academy Band, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra’s Symphonic Winds, Kent Youth Wind Orchestra (England), World Youth Wind Symphony (Interlochen) and the Taller para Bandas del Tachira (Venezuela). His conducting workshops, both in the United States and abroad, have been critically acclaimed, helping young conductors around the world for the past 25 years. His workshops and concerts in Venezuela were recognized when he was awarded the Otorga Botón Honor al Mérito by the Governor of the State of Tachira – the first American to receive this honor. His two recordings with the CCM Wind Symphony on the NAXOS label feature world premieres of works by Bruce Adolphe and Samuel Adler, with the Adolphe recording being awarded a Grammy for “Producer of the Year.” Equally impressive reviews have been written about his two CD set of Karel Husa’s works on Mark Records with the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble. He has been invited to conduct at numerous conventions, and his book, An Annotated Guide to Wind Chamber Music, has been hailed as a much needed and valuable resource in this ever-growing area.
One of Winther’s proudest achievements while at CCM has been the start of the Chamber Players in 1998. The group is a notable professional-level graduate ensemble consisting of winds, brass, percussion, and strings that has toured both nationally and internationally.