Cascade Winds Symphonic Band


2023-2024 Spring Concert & Livestream

The final concert of the Cascade Winds 2023-2024 season is happening this weekend on Sunday, June 2nd, 2:00pm at the Summit High School Auditorium. As always, admission is free, although donations are gratefully appreciated to assist with the mission of the organization. Doors will open at 1:30.

The music on the concert is wide-ranging, from William Walton’s “Crown Imperial”, a march that was written for the coronation ceremony of George VI, to Brooke Pierson’s “Cafe Blue”, a reverent tribute to the music and style of “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. In between, works that pay tribute to the 2000-year-old geoglyphs created by the Nazca people of Peru, a sixteenth century Korean naval  commander, and the rich cultural history of Mexican folk song will provide a diverse listening palate.

We definitely hope you can come in person to enjoy the performance as it’s meant to be heard.  However, if your circumstances prevent attendance, you can enjoy the concert live-streamed below or at this link. Please feel free to share the link with friends and family who might be interested in viewing the performance from wherever they may be.

 


2023-2024 Winter Concert Recording

Our winter concert was a real crowd-pleaser! It opened with one of the classics in the concert band repertoire, Robert Russell Bennett’s “Suite of Old American Dances.” This work features five movements, representing five genres of music of that are quintessentially American, including the Cake Walk, Western One-Step and Rag. The other major work on the concert was Alfred Reed’s “Sixth Suite for Band,” which is a ragtag collection of movements including Halloween Hobgoblin, where some decidedly unusual sounds emanated from the ensemble. Karl L. King’s circus march “Invictus,” composed for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was played at the traditional lightning-fast ‘screamer’ tempo, contrasting nicely with the calm and serene “Rippling Watercolors” by Brian Balmages. The powerful and soul-searching “Kaddish” by W. Francis McBeth, the percussion feature, “Four Dance Episodes” by Gary Gilroy, and Robert Sheldon’s sprightly “Otter Point Holiday” rounded out the concert repertoire.

Click here to learn more or hear the concert recording.

 



2023-2024 Fall Concert Recording

Our 2023 Fall Concert wowed the Summit High audience with a great selection of pieces, including Everything Beautiful, a poignant musical tribute by Samuel Hazo celebrating the life of one of his dear friends, the raucous strains of Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, and Trips by Oscar Navarro, a programmatic work that depicts the varied experiences of traveling

Click here to learn more or hear the concert recording.

 


About the Cascade Winds

Directed by Michael Gesme, the Cascade Winds perform a wide variety of repertoire that often spans several centuries and represents diverse musical styles.

The members of the band feel that it is important that music is accessible to all, therefore our performances are free and open to all listeners. However, we still have production costs associated with our concerts. As a result we rely on individual and corporate donations as well as fees from the musicians themselves to support our operations. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and all donations go towards our direct operating expenses. No funding goes toward administration of the band which is fully supported by volunteers from within the group and the Central Oregon community.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated and your support will help further the presence of music in Central Oregon. You can learn about support the band on our donation page.