Rachael Walters Brightwell
- Associate Director for Programing and Outreach
Dr. Paul Bhasin
The internationally recognized Emory Wind Ensemble (EWE) presents its first concert of the season Thursday, October 22 at 8 p.m. This free public concert is the first under the new leadership of conductor Dr. Paul Bhasin.
Titled “Musical Homecomings,” the show’s program celebrates composers’ efforts to musically articulate our longing for and love of home with classic and contemporary band works of Grainger, Strauss, Turina, and Sousa. Each work on the program establishes an authentic sense of place through poetry, folklore, national pride, or even bittersweet memory. The EWE will be joined in concert by organist Jonathan Easter.
Paul Bhasin joined the faculty of Emory as director of wind studies in 2015 where he directs the EWE and teaches conducting. Praised for his “crisp, clear” conducting and “highly expressive” interpretations, Bhasin has led a variety of university and professional ensembles throughout North America and abroad, including 2015 performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and throughout the People’s Republic of China.
“This year’s Emory Wind Ensemble program is a journey through classic and emerging works for winds from the last 500 years, including sacred and secular Renaissance Dances, Romantic chamber works, and 20th century compositions by award-winning composers,” said Bhasin. “Each concert program is centered on a unifying theme that brings the audience into relationship with our repertoire and composers. I am very excited to conduct these programs and to share with our audiences the musical talents of Emory’s most gifted wind, brass, and percussion performers."
EWE’s “Musical Homecomings” is Thursday, October 22 at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public; no ticket is required. For additional details, please visit arts.emory.edu.
Emory Wind Ensemble
The Emory Wind Ensemble is recognized nationally and internationally as an outstanding organization, dedicated to performing wind band and chamber literature of the highest caliber, while nurturing individual artistic excellence within an ensemble setting. Concert programming comprises a wide variety of styles, forms, and genres from several centuries of compositional practice, designed to provide a comprehensive exposure to the masterpieces for winds and percussion from the Renaissance period through the modern era. The EWE performs two concerts each semester, regularly participates in world premieres of new music, tours the United States and abroad, and is a national leader in the commissioning of new music, including works by Warren Benson, Bruce Broughton, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, John Mackey, Jonathan Newman, Joseph Schwantner, and many others.