Guest composer to debut new piece at WWU Wind Symphony concert Nov. 13

Western Today staff

The Western Washington University Wind Symphony will perform work by guest-composer Alex Shapiro at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

Shapiro, an internationally known composer living on San Juan Island, will be on hand to introduce her work, “Liquid Compass for Symphonic Wind Band and Pre-recorded Soundscape,” and speak to the audience about the piece. For more information about the composer, visit

New brass faculty member Gustavo Camacho will be featured on a contemporary work called “Zirk,” which showcases both Camacho’s skills as well as the rhythmic versatility of the students in the Wind Symphony. The performance also features works by James David, Frank Ticheli, Vincent Persichetti and Karl King.

The Western Washington University Wind Symphony, under the direction of Christopher Bianco, is a state-of-the-art wind band comprising the most talented wind players and percussionists on the Western campus.

The audition-only ensemble performs repertoire ranging from classic 20th-century band repertoire such as Sousa, Holst and Grainger to contemporary works by living composers.

For more information about the event, contact Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events, at 360-650-2829 or

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