Wind Symphony punctuates season with 'Lightning'

Finale • Pieces by Holst and Sousa also part of performance.
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Utah Wind Symphony will ends its third season on Wednesday, with the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Alex Weston, currently the composer-in-residence for the New York-based theater company "True False Theater." Weston will attend the Salt Lake City performance to hear his piece, titled "The Loud Calligraphy of Lightning." Weston's compositions have been performed in many cities throughout the U.S., and The Lyrica Chamber Music Ensemble, a New York metropolitan area chamber group, awarded one of his compositions, Simple Machines, its Student Composers award. Weston also works as a music assistant to influential American composer, Philip Glass.Under the direction of Scott Hagen, the symphony also will perform Holst's masterpiece The Planets, Op. 32, which has been lauded for its unique, one-of-a-kind movements that in modern times have become themes for TV shows, movies and radio. Each of the seven movements is named for a planet in the Solar System and its corresponding astrological sign. When the piece was first premiered in its entirety in 1920, it was an instant success.Also on the bill is John Philip Sousa's Easter Sunday on the White House Lawn. Sousa wrote the piece in tribute to the annual Easter Egg roll that took place at the White House. He performed it in 1928 when Calvin Coolidge was president. The Utah Wind Symphony includes 55 wind, brass and percussion musicians from throughout the state. The ensemble presents four concerts during each season, which highlight the works of well-known composers and original pieces from contemporary composers. —

Utah Wind Symphony

The season finale includes a world premiere, "The Planets," by Gustav Holst, and a presidential piece by John Philip Sousa.

When • Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Rose Wagner Theatre for the Performing Arts, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Adults, $14; students and seniors $10. Available at

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