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Nov 6 2021

UCLA Wind Ensemble: American Anthems

American Anthems UCLA Wind Ensemble
Schoenberg Hall

American Anthems: Music of Celebration, Faith, Struggle, and Hope

Works by Copland, Bremer, Sousa, Milburn, Schuman, and Thomas


The UCLA Wind Ensemble returns to Schoenberg Hall for its first performance in 21 months with an exploration of American wind music that looks back to the past and forward to the future. The concert includes works by the dean of twentieth-century American composers, Aaron Copland, and America’s march king, John Philip Sousa (on his 167th birthday), as well as Santa Monica native Carolyn Bremer (1957–2018) and UCLA alumnus and faculty member Dwayne Milburn. The title of the program comes from Bremer’s Early Light, a joyful homage to baseball that briefly quotes “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and Omar Thomas’s powerful Of Our New Day Begun, written to honor those lost in 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and based musically on “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” This music of celebration, faith, struggle, and hope reflects the continuing journey to fulfill the founding promise of our nation.


AARON COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man

Doris Doyon, doctoral assistant conductor


DWAYNE MILBURN: American Hymnsong Suite
Michael James, doctoral assistant conductor

OMAR THOMAS: Of Our New Day Begun

This event is made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the Dobrows, who established a generous endowment at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to make programs like this possible. We are proud to celebrate this program as part of the 2021 - 22 Dobrow Series.

Like most of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s programs, this event is FREE! Register in advance for this event via the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.  Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Early arrival is recommended. Registrants receive priority up until 15 minutes before the event.

While Inside the Venue:

No Food or Drink allowed in the building.

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