Wind Ensemble with Ben Lulich, clarinet - China Tour Preview Concert

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:30pm
$10 all tickets
Wind Ensemble flute section

The Wind Ensemble presents a program prepared for their 2019 spring tour of China, with works by John Williams, Óscar Navarro, Tian Zhou, and others. With UW faculty member (and Seattle Symphony principal) Ben Lulich, clarinet.

Program

The Star-Spangled Banner ............................. Francis Scott Key, lyrics / John Stafford Smith, music

Chinese National Anthem....................................... 国歌 (Guo Ge) March of the Volunteers

Exultation (2009) ............................................................Philip Sparke (b. 1951)
Dan Fischer, conductor

Three Vespers from the All-Night Vigil (1915/2008) .............Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) / T. Salzman
I. Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya
II. Bogoroditse Devo

Petals of Fire (2015) ........................................................................... Tian Zhou (b. 1981)

This Cruel Moon (2017) ...................................................... John Mackey (b. 1973)
Shayna Stahl, conductor

For The President’s Own (2013) ............................................ John Williams (b. 1932)
Chris Mathakul, conductor

—brief intermission—

Gumsuckers March (Cornstalks’ March) (1914/1997) .................Percy Grainger (1882-1961) / M. Rogers

Concerto No. 2 for Clarinet (2012) .................................................. Óscar Navarro (b. 1973)
I. Andante – Presto - Flamenco
II. Adagio
III. Prestissimo
Benjamin Lulich, clarinet

Ode to the Motherland (1950) .....................................Xin Wang (1917-2007) / Dan Chen (b. 1967)

Make Our Garden Grow (1956) ................................................Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Gabriel’s Oboe (1986) ............................................... Ennio Morricone (b. 1928)
Logan Esterling, oboe


Artist Bios

Ben Lulich, clarinet

Benjamin Lulich, clarinet, joins the UW Music faculty in Fall 2016 as an artist-in-residence in the instrumental performance program.

Benjamin Lulich is the newly appointed Principal Clarinet of the Seattle Symphony. He has held positions in Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Colorado Music Festival and Festival Mozaic, and has performed frequently with The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Symphony, IRIS Orchestra and many other ensembles.

Additionally, Lulich is Principal Clarinet of the Sunriver Music Festival and has performed with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra on numerous films and records albums, including Water for Elephants, The Tourist, Monsters University, Godzilla, and the Oscar-winning score for Life of Pi. In 2013 he performed as Principal Clarinet for Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Concert, which featured Elton John and many other performers; the concert was broadcast live to the world over the internet.

Also interested in chamber music and new music, Lulich has been a guest artist for concerts throughout the United States and abroad. Lulich was a member of the Second Instrumental Unit, a contemporary music ensemble based in New York City, where he took part in a concert honoring Milton Babbitt at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. As a recitalist and soloist, he has performed at the International ClarinetFest and was featured as a soloist with Pacific Symphony and Sunriver Music Festival on several occasions. On New Year’s Eve 2013 he performed with Jeff Tyzik and Ko-ichiro Yamamoto and the Seattle Symphony in the Jelly Roll Morton Suite.

The recipient of many awards and prizes, Lulich studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, Pacific Music Festival and Music Academy of the West, and his teachers include Richard Hawkins, Franklin Cohen, David Shifrin, Fred Ormand and Laura DeLuca. He has been adjunct faculty at California State University Fullerton and has given masterclasses and coachings throughout Southern California and beyond.

Timothy Salzman is in his 33rd year at the University of Washington where he serves as Professor of Music/Director of Concert Bands, is conductor of the University Wind Ensemble and teaches students enrolled in the graduate instrumental conducting program. Former graduate wind conducting students of Professor Salzman have obtained positions at fifty-seven universities and colleges throughout the United States. Prior to his appointment at the UW he served for four years as Director of Bands at Montana State University where he founded the MSU Wind Ensemble. From 1978 to 1983 he was band director in the Herscher, Illinois, public school system where the band program received several regional and national awards in solo/ensemble, concert and marching band competition. Professor Salzman holds degrees from Wheaton (IL) College (Bachelor of Music Education), and Northern Illinois University (Master of Music in low brass performance), and studied privately with Arnold Jacobs, former tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has numerous publications for bands with the C. L. Barnhouse, Arranger's Publications, Columbia Pictures, Hal Leonard Publishing and Nihon Pals publishing companies, and has served on the staff of new music reviews for The Instrumentalist magazine. Professor Salzman has been a conductor, adjudicator, arranger or consultant for bands throughout the United States and in Canada, England, France, Russia, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, China, and Japan, a country he has visited twenty-one times. Recently he has frequently traveled to China where he served as visiting professor at the China Conservatory, given master classes for numerous wind bands, and conducted several ensembles including: the Shanghai Wind Orchestra on their 15th Anniversary Concert in Philharmonic Hall in Shanghai; the People's Liberation Army Band in two concerts (2009/10); the Beijing Wind Orchestra in a concert appearance at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Tiananmen Square; and the Tsinghua University Band in concerts in 2016/2017/2018. He also served on three occasions as an adjudicator for the Singapore Youth Festival National Concert Band Championships. He has also conducted several of the major military bands in the United States including a 2019 world premiere with 'The President's Own' United States Marine Band. He is compiling editor and co-author (with several current and former UW graduate students) of A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, a five-volume series of books on contemporary wind band composers. He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and is a past president of the Northwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association. 

Under Professor Salzman’s direction the University of Washington Wind Ensemble has performed at a number of prestigious music conventions, has presented several world premiere performances of outstanding new music for wind band and in 2004, undertook a highly acclaimed nine-day concert tour of the Kansai region of Japan, returning for more extensive tours of that country in 2007 and 2010. The UW Wind Ensemble presented several concerts in the main concert venues of Beijing, China in March of 2013, including a sold-out concert in the National Center for the Performing Arts in Tiananmen Square that was broadcast nationwide on China Central Television. The ensemble returned to China for a series of concerts in Beijing and Shanghai in 2016 playing before sold-out crowds in both cities. In the spring of 2006, the ensemble was invited by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra to present a concert at Benaroya Hall as a part of the Symphony’s Made in America Festival. The London Financial Times review of the concert applauded “music of surprising sophistication…Cindy McTee’s Finish Line pulsated energetically and William Bolcom’s Song was simply gorgeous.” Subsequent to the 2006 performance the ensemble was invited for return appearances on Seattle Symphony concert series in 2007, 2008 and, most recently in 2011 when Maestro Gerard Schwarz conducted the ensemble. The UW Wind Ensemble has also collaborated with a number of internationally renowned guest artists, conductors and composers including Eddie Daniels, Steve Houghton, Allen Vizzutti, Jeffery Fair, Chris Olka, James Walker, Douglas Yeo, Leigh Howard Stevens, David Maslanka, Michael Colgrass, Cindy McTee, Eric Ewazen, Satoshi Yagisawa, David Stanhope, John DiCesare, David Gordon, Mary Lynch, Seth Krimsky, Michael Brockman and Huck Hodge. In July of 2008 Nihon Pals, a music education resource company based in Osaka, Japan, released a set of instructional DVDs regarding the subject of building ensemble musicality featuring the UW Wind Ensemble.