WISCONSIN WIND ORCHESTRA
The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Larry Harper, will present the second concert in the Searl Pickett Chamber Music Series on Friday, Oct. 4.
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, 9th and Main Streets in Fond du Lac. Single tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door. Students are admitted free.
Now in its 18th season, the Searl Pickett Series was organized especially for the greater Fond du Lac community and features some of the best chamber ensembles based in Wisconsin and the Midwest. The Series was founded by Fond du Lac native Kay Gainacopulos as a tribute to, and in memory of one of Wisconsin's finest band directors and teachers, Searl Pickett.
The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra was established in 1995 and became the resident professional ensemble of Carroll College in 1998. The group features some of the finest musicians in southeast Wisconsin, many of whom are on the applied music faculty at Carroll College, and is recognized as one of the only ensembles of its kind in the world. The ensemble builds on the tradition of musical excellence found in major symphony orchestras, the innovation of groups such as the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the technical versatility of the premier military bands. In 1997, the orchestra released its first CD, and in 2002, it toured Europe and was the featured ensemble on a live radio broadcast from the famed Amsterdam Concertgebouw, home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Conductor Lawrence Dale Harper is director of bands and conductor of the Wind Symphony at Carroll University in Waukesha. He holds the doctor of musical arts degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing and has done post-graduate study in conducting at the University of Northern Colorado. His conducting teachers have included Harry Begian, Eugene Corporon, Ronald Johnson, and David Whitwell, and he has taken additional study with Frederick Fennell, Elizabeth Green, Allan McMurray, Larry Rachleff, and H. Robert Reynolds. He has twice appeared as conductor at the famed Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, in concerts and radio broadcasts both with his own Wisconsin Wind Orchestra and with the Holland Wind Players, one of Europe's leading professional wind ensembles.