• 2008-2009 Concert Season

2008-2009 Meyerson Concert Season

Combine brass, woodwinds and percussion. Stir and serve. This is not your grandmother's stuffy, fussy concert. An evening with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the greatest windband anywhere, is a musical experience unlike any other. We make it our job to raise the roof, to surprise you, to make you laugh. All the while performing the greatest music ever written with the greatest collection of band musicians ever assembled.


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Globetrotters!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 — 8:00pm

Opening night is a whirlwind tour of the globe led by some well-traveled composers. Our trip begins in eastern Europe with Friedmann's Slavonic Rhapsody, and makes a few stops in France with works by Poulenc and Faure. Then, after a layover in the good ol' USA with Ron Nelson, we close with that international fave: Mossurgsky's sensational Pictures at an Exhibition. It's a treat not to be missed.

Fanfare: Fanfare for New South Wales #3—Bill Boston (Studio City, CA)
Carl Friedmann — Slavonic Rhapsody
Francis Poulenc — March Militaire Francaise
Gabriel Faure — Chant Funeraire
Ron Nelson — Rocky Point Holiday
Modeste Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition
John Philip Sousa — Hands Across The Sea (encore)


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Band's Greatest Hits

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 — 8:00pm

The greatest hits from the band world's Top 40 list! From Clifton Williams' Fanfare and Allegro to Holst's Second Suite in F and Persichetti's Symphony for Band, each work showcases the diverse styles and brilliant colors of the windband. It's a musical tour de force that only the Dallas Wind Symphony could bring you..

Fanfare: Dallas Winds —Stephen Rockey (Bristol, UK)
Clifton Williams — Fanfare and Allegro
Gustav Holst — Second Suite in F for Military Band
Darius Milhaud — Suite Francaise
Vaclav Nehlybel — Symphonic Movement
Vincent Persichetti — Symphony for Band


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Americans We

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 — 8:00pm
Brian Shaw, trumpet

It's election time, so we're celebrating that other great American tradition... the Windband. Everything on this program was penned by a composer born right here in the good ol' U-S-of-A. You'll hear music from the legendary Leonard Bernstein, Texas native Fisher Tull, and our own composer-in-residence John Gibson. It's a salute to all-American, homegrown talent. USA! USA!

Fanfare: Fanfare Valor — Michael Cortes (San Antonio, Texas)
Steven Bryant — Stampede
Morton Gould — American Salute
John Gibson — American Anthem
Fisher Tull — Rhapsody
arr. Koff — La Virgen de la Macarena (encore)
Brian Shaw, trumpet
Leonard Bernstein — Three Dance Episodes from "On The Town"
Ron Nelson — Passacaglia on B-A-C-H
David Wallace Reeves — Second Connecticut Regiment March (encore)


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Christmas At The Meyerson

Monday, December 22, 2008 — 8:00pm

A Holiday Highlight for the entire family. We've got brassy renditions of your favorite carols and Yuletide classics, plus an audience sing-along. It's the perfect way to spread some holiday cheer. And, if you're good, Santa promises a few surprises under the tree!

Fanfare: Carol of the Bells — arr. David Lovrien (Plano, TX)
Leroy Anderson — Sleigh Ride

J. S. Bach — Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Kay — Deck The Halls With Boughs of Holly
arr. Shaw — I'll Be Home For Christmas
Tchaikovsky — Dance of the Jesters
Morton Gould — Jingle Bells
Tchaikovsky — Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker
Georges Bizet — Farandole from L'Arlesienne
Mel Torme, arr. Biondi — The Christmas Song
Craig Biondi — Two Burgundian Carols
arr. David Lovrien — Christmas Sing-along
Leroy Anderson — A Christmas Festival
John Philip Sousa — Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (encore)


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Wonderwinds

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 — 8:00pm

GDYO Wind Symphony — David Kehler, Conductor
Dallas Wind Symphony — Jerry Junkin, Conductor

A show that spans generations. The veterans of the DWS team up with the precocious bandsters of the Wind Symphony of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra for a side-by-side extravaganza. You'll hear marches, overtures, dance numbers. For the big finale, both bands combine to make a joyful noise with David Maslanka's Give Us This Day - A Short Symphony for Band.

Fanfare: Apollo—Joel Balzun (Calgary, Canada)
Joseph Wilcox Jenkins — American Overture for Band
Eric Whitacre — Ghost Train Trilogy
Percy Grainger— Lads of Wamphray
Percy Grainger — Mock Morris
Percy Grainger — Irish Tune from County Derry
Percy Grainger — Shepherd's Hey!
David Maslanka — Give Us This Day - A Short Symphony for Band


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Big Band Boogie!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 — 8:00pm

Jeff Hellmer, guest conductor/piano

Take a swinging dance band. Surround it with the musicians of the Dallas Wind Symphony, and you've got a really big, big band! Just in time for Valentines Day, it's piano man & conductor Jeff Hellmer headlining our tribute to the romantic Big Band era. Put on your dancin' shoes and swing on down to the Meyerson for a night of toe-tapping fun.

Fanfare: Divertimento-Fanfare — Roger Zare (Sarasota, Florida)
sponsored by Bachendorf's Jewelery
Glenn Miller — American Patrol
Duke Ellington — Take the 'A' Train
Tommy Dorsey — I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Benny Goodman — Sing, Sing, Sing


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Marches In March

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 — 8:00pm
Melinda Wilson, flute

Bands love to play marches, and audiences love to hear 'em. Here's a rare treat for anybody who's crazy about a marching song. The band will play foot-lifters from march masters like John Williams, Karl King, and of course the immortal John Philip Sousa. If you like marches, you've gotta be here! And if that weren't enough, our very own Principal Flutist, Melinda Wilson, will premiere a brand-new windband transcription of Lowell Liebermann's Concerto for Flute. Don't miss it!

Fanfare: Action Fanfare — Brian Sadler (Mesa, AZ)
Gaetano Donizetti — March for the Sultan Abdul Medjid
Johannes Hanssen — Valdres March
Lowell Liebermann, trans. Shaw — Concerto for Flute (World Premiere Transcription)
John Williams — March from 1941
John Williams — Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Gioacchino Rossini — March for the Sultan Abdul Medjid
Pascual Marquina — Cielo Andaluz
David Lovrien — The Midwesterner (Southwest Premiere)
Scott Joplin — Combination March
Karl King — Barnum and Bailey's Favorite
John Philip Sousa — Semper Fidelis


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Song & Dance

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 — 8:00pm
Timothy Reynish, conductor

We asked acclaimed British conductor Timothy Reynish to wrap up the season with his personal favorites, selections that haven't been heard much "over here." He responded with a show of highly original crowd pleasers like Grainger's Marching Song of Democracy, Concertango by Alarcon, and Hesketh's Masque. Tims favorite songs & dances are sure to become yours too!

Fanfare: To Light — David Heuser (San Antonio, TX)
Gustav Holst — Marching Song
Daniel Basford — Arkendale
Luis Serrano Alarcon — Concertango
Guy Woolfenden — Illyrian Dances
Percy Grainger — Marching Song of Democracy
Kenneth Hesketh — Masque
Adam Gorb — Dances from Crete


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A Star-Spangled Spectacular!

Saturday, July 4, 2009 — 1:00pm
Major Jim Keene, Guest Conductor - Commandant U.S. Army School of Music

Nobody celebrates Independence Day like a big, sassy band. Join us for our annual American celebration and clap along to all your patriotic faves. With brass, bombast and some sizzle from Sousa, it's like an air-conditioned parade!

Fanfare: The Eye of Providence — David Lovrien (Plano, TX)
America the Beautiful — Captain Scott O'Grady (USAF retired), narrator
Demonstration by The Hellcats Drum & Bugle Corps
John Williams — Overture to "The Cowboys"
Jerry Bilik — The Line (featuring The Hellcats)
John Philip Sousa — The Gallant Seventh March
George Gershwin — Selections from "Porgy and Bess"
Sergeant Alvy Powell and Gena Powell, vocalists
Armed Services Medley
Irving Berlin — God Bless America