Capital Region Wind Ensemble
Capital Region Wind Ensemble, in the capital region of Albany, New
York, was founded in 1994, by Joseph
with the intent of providing a vehicle for professional wind and
percussion players to perform concert band and wind ensemble literature
at a high level.
Entering our 22nd Season, the Wind
Ensemble has performed at many venues including: The Troy Music Hall,
Galway High School, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Shenendehowa
High School, Bethlehem Middle School, Ballston Spa High School, Union
College Memorial Chapel, Round Lake Auditorium, Shaker High School,
Glens Falls High School, Colonie Central High School, Scotia -
Glenville High School,Galway High School, Schenectady Community
College, 1995 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) winter
conference in Kiamesha Lake, NY, 1996 New York State Band Directors
Conference in Syracuse, NY and the 2004 Sept.11th Remembrance
Celebration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. We are now
Residence' at the Schenectady County Community College.
Mission of the Wind Ensemble is to
provide outstanding performances
of classical and contemporary band literature,
and to serve as role
models for young musicians.
22nd Season, 2015-2016
Concert 1 “Songs of Defiance”
November 15, 2015
The Capital Region Wind Ensemble presents a concert of works celebrating our nation’s fight for independence. Works include selections from The Poor Soldier Suite, by CRWE conductor, Brett L. Wery and the iconic masterwork, New England Triptych, by William Schuman.
Concert 2 “Author, Author!” Lauren Winter, horn soloist,
March 13, 2016
Join CRWE for a literary inspired program featuring the Overture to Candide, by Leonard Bernsteinand Gandalf, The Wizard fromJohan De Meij’s Symphony No.1, based on the J. R. R. Tolkien novel, The Lord of the Rings. Springfield Symphony principle horn, Lauren Winter joins the group to perform James Beckel’s The Glass Bead Game based on the Hermann Hesse novel.
Concert 3 “Poems & Ballads”
June 5, 2016
The Capital Region Wind Ensemble presents an ambitious program of musical responses to poetry. The program begins with the thrilling Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla by Mikhail Glinka and ends with the ethereal, unearthly masterpiece, and the mountains rising nowhere by Joseph Schwantner. Other works include poetic retellings by William Walton, Percy Grainger and more.
the group is comprised of
musicians from all walks of life, the
majority of the members are current or retired music educators, all of
who have taught or are teaching in local school districts throughout
the Capital Region. Occasionally, gifted high school musicians will be
asked to round out instrumentation. Members of the wind ensemble are
currently performing professionally with other area organizations,
including the Albany, Schenectady, and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestras,
orchestras at SPAC, Proctor’s and other local theaters, and
from the area pop and jazz scene including the Empire Jazz Orchestra.
Director & PrincipalConductor, Brett L. Wery
and Principal Conductor Brett Wery is entering his Fifth season as
conductor of the group, Mr. Wery is an active composer and arranger
as well as a professor at Schenectady County Community
he has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
and the SCCC Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. He conducts
the SCCC Wind Ensemble and instructs in woodwind applied studies,
chamber music, music theory, and conducting. Mr. Wery is also the
conductor of the University at Albany Symphony Orchestra. He performs
and records regularly as a saxophonist and clarinetist with the Empire
Jazz Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, and the Dogs of Desire.
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