UC alumnus Matthew Westgate leads the Xavier University Symphonic Winds as part of the Dec. 5 CCM Wind Orchestra concert.

UC alumnus Matthew Westgate leads the Xavier University Symphonic Winds as part of the Dec. 5 CCM Wind Orchestra concert.

The CCM Wind Orchestra will present a concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of Frederick Fennel’s founding of the modern wind ensemble at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium under the direction of Glenn D. Price. This performance will also feature guest ensemble Xavier University Symphonic Winds, under the direction of CCM alumnus Matthew Westgate.

Fennell (1914-2004) was an internationally recognized conductor and one of the primary figures in promoting the wind ensemble as a performing group. In Rochester, N.Y., in 1952, he founded the Eastman Wind Ensemble, which prompted the establishment of more than 20,000 wind ensembles in American schools. His more than 100 recordings — with Mercury, Telarc and Reference Recordings — remain outstanding examples of the genre.

The concert will feature works by David Maslanka, Charles Ives, John Harbison and Joseph Schwantner.

About Matthew Westgate, DMA
Matthew Westgate is the Director of Instrumental Activities at Xavier University where he conducts the Symphonic Winds, Chamber Orchestra and Xavier Pep Bands. He also teaches courses in Instrumental Methods and Advanced Conducting to graduate and undergraduate music education students. Westgate completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at CCM where he studied with Rodney Winther.

Westgate is a regular summer faculty member in both the concert and jazz areas at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Mich., and has participated as a conducting assistant in the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. An active guest conductor, clinician and arranger, he performs regularly as a classical and jazz trombonist in the Cincinnati area. He is currently editing John Philip Sousa’s “Sisterhood of the States” and is working to bring a Full Score Edition of Rossini-Respighi’s La Boutique Fantasque for wind band to publication. Westgate’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Conductor’s Guild, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and Ohio Music Educators Association.

Performance Time
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to the “Views of America” concert are $12 general admission, $6 non-UC students and FREE for UC students.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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