The Centenary Chamber Winds
The Chamber Winds are comprised of students from the Centenary Wind Ensemble. The ensemble is patterned after the Harmoniemusik of the Classical period, circa 1750-1825. The European courts kept such ensembles at hand for ceremonial and social functions as well as for concertizing; thus, a rich literature arose, including original works by Mozart, Haydn, Krommer, Reicha and later Richard Strauss. Sedlak, Wendt, and Triebensee produced Harmoniemusik arrangements of orchestral and operatic highlights of the day, often under the supervision of the composer. Arrangements of Mozart's Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro,and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 have survived to the present.
The chamber winds experience offers musicians the opportunity to perform music of high quality in a one-to-a-part setting. Each performer is required to meet the highest standard of independent mastery and musicianship.