Sierra Nevada Winds to play Dietrich Theatre

By: Staff Report
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When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29

Where: Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, Rocklin

Tickets: $10 general, $7 kids and seniors

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The Sierra Nevada Winds, a Placer County-based community band, will hold its annual spring concert April 29 at Sierra College, sponsored by the Sierra College Friends of the Library.

Program highlights for next weekend’s performance include “Festive Overture, Op. 96” by Shostakovich, Bernstein’s “Suite from Mass,” “American Verses” by Broege, “Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs” by Tichele and the tunes of Duke Ellington, among others. In a news release from the band, Halseth commented, “These composers have made outstanding contributions to the artistic life of our country, and we honor them all for enriching our lives, too.”

Under the conduction of Dr. Robert Halseth, the Sierra Nevada Winds was one of two community bands to receive the Sudler Silver Scroll in 2016 for being among the best in the nation. The John Philip Sousa Foundation, which bestows the Silver Scroll, calls it North America’s most prestigious award for community concert bands. In the 28 years since its inception, only two other California bands have been awarded the honor.

Dr. Halseth was appointed conductor of the Sierra Nevada Winds in 2011, five years before he retired from Sacramento State, where he taught conducting and led the wind studies program since 1993. Halseth has also been honored by his peers with a lifetime achievement award from the California Band Directors Association, and he was inducted into the California Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 2016.

Comprised of 48 brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, the Sierra Nevada Winds formed in 1990, for fun. The ensemble has been based in Placer County since 1995 and rehearses weekly at Placer High School in Auburn. It has become known for a varied musical repertoire that ranges from Big Band jazz to serious classical music and from marches to show tunes. According to a news release from the band, they particularly enjoy performing works by contemporary composers.