Emory Wind Ensemble Concert Features Film Premiere and ASO Soloists

September 25, 2017

The Emory Wind Ensemble (EWE) performs their first concert of the 2017-2018 season on Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The concert includes the world premiere of short film “In Her Image,” written and directed by Emory alumnus Nikoloz Kevkhishvili with an original score by Richard Prior and performed live, for the first time in front of an audience, by the Emory Wind Ensemble.

In the sci-fi thriller short “In Her Image,” a desperate mother searches for her son through the labyrinths of virtual reality, risking everything to get him back. Kevkhishvili shot and produced the film in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

“I decided to shoot in Tbilisi because it offered rarely seen before locations of a foreign country which perfectly complimented the theme of various worlds set in virtual reality,” Kevkhishvili explains. The film includes work by some of the top actors and producers working in the country of Georgia. 

For this world premiere event, composer and Emory faculty member Richard Prior has written an original score that will be played alongside the film. “As a composer, I have always found film as an art form to possess striking similarities to music,” says Prior. “Creating a score for wind ensemble rather than the default symphony orchestra offered unique timbral blends and a general esthetic that integrated will with the tone and dramaturgy of the film itself.”

The evening’s program also includes Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances,” Dan Welcher’s “Zion,” and Suite from Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.” For the performance of “Mass” the Wind Ensemble is joined by soloists of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Stuart Stephenson, trumpet, Michael Tiscione, trumpet, Jaclyn Rainey, horn, Samuel Schlosser, trombone, and Michael Moore, tuba. 

Directed and conducted by Paul Bhasin, the Emory Wind Ensemble is dedicated to performing wind and band chamber literature of the highest caliber while nurturing individual artistic excellence within an ensemble setting. In 2017 EWE received a commendation from the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), who named EWE a “Top 10” national program amongst peer institutions. EWE was showcased at the 2017 CBDNA National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Emory Wind Ensemble concerts are free and open to the public. More information at arts.emory.edu.