World-renowned composer David Maslanka will be in residence at the Central Washington University’s Music Department June 1–June 5. The CWU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, and Percussion Ensemble will present a concert of his music at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 5, in the McIntyre Music Building on the CWU campus. The concert is free to the public.
David Maslanka was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1943. He attended the Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied composition with Joseph Wood. He spent a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and did masters and doctoral study in composition at Michigan State University.
Maslanka’s music for winds has become especially well known. Among his more than 130 works are forty pieces for wind ensemble, including nine symphonies, fifteen concertos, a Mass, and many concert pieces. He lives in Missoula, Montana, where he continues to compose for a living.
The CWU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Larry Gookin, will perform Maslanka’s “Symphony No. 4.” Mark Lane, conductor of the CWU Symphonic Winds, will lead the ensemble in the composer’s “Mother Earth” and “Testament.” The CWU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Mark Goodenberger, will perform “Crown of Thorns.” Gookin will also lead the Symphonic Band in Maslanka’s newest wind band composition, “On This Bright Day.”