The First Christian Church Concert Series is presenting the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony, directed by Kenneth Soper. This dynamic ensemble will perform works from classical to traditional wind band music by Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Percy Grainger, local composer Sam Hall, the finale from Guilmant's Symphony No. 1 with organist Carol Wilson, and more. A free will offering will be taken. During the intermission, join in the fun of helping the RMWS choose a new logo!
Music to be performed: Joseph Wilcox Jenkins - Charles County Overture; Samuel Foster Hall - Toward a New Horizon and The Broadmoor Rag; David Holsinger - Hymnsong of Philip Bliss; Alexandre Guilmant – Symphony No. 1 Finale with Carol Wilson, organ; Jan Van der Roost - Flashing Winds; Richard Wagner - Liebestod from "Tristan and Isolde"; Percy Grainger - Immovable Do; Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Finale from Symphony No. 4.
The Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony was formed in 2012 by a group of Colorado Springs musicians. The players had one mission in mind: to provide audiences with exciting performances of the finest literature available for wind ensemble. The performers are professional musicians from Colorado Springs and surrounding communities who have performed with, or are performing with, other fine ensembles, including the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the United States Air Force Academy Band, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Little London Winds, the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Wind Ensemble. Each player brings an extra-ordinary level of skill and musicianship to this ensemble.
Kenneth Soper earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in French Horn Performance from the Mannes College of Music and a Master of Music Education Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, both in New York City. While in New York, he performed with the Stuttgart Ballet Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, the Harkness Ballet Orchestra and the Nassau Symphony Orchestra. For ten years he was principal French horn of the American Concert Band. From 1989 through 1998, Mr. Soper served as Director of Brass Studies and conductor of the Symphonic Winds at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. He was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Atlantic Wind Symphony in September of 1987. He held that position until he retired in 2006. He currently performs with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Wind Ensemble. An avid music arranger, Mr. Soper has completed more than fifty works for brass ensemble and several major works for concert band which are published by the Neil Kjos Music Publishing Company and the Grand Mesa Music Publishers. His conducting career includes performances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.