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The Cornell Wind Symphony, Chorale, and Chamber Singers combine forces at 3:00 pm in Bailey Hall on Sunday, May 5 to explore the musical works of Percy Grainger and Igor Stravinsky, who were born only two weeks apart in the summer of 1882. Director of Winds James Spinazzola crafted the program to highlight two masterworks, Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy (1937), and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms (1930), the latter of which serves as a vehicle for collaborating with the Chorale and Chamber Singers under the direction of Stephen Spinelli.

Spinazzola adds that additional pieces on the program will give the audience even more to look forward to in a diverse concert: "Ron Nelson's Rocky Point Holiday (1969) is a virtuosic showpiece for the wind ensemble. Its title and ebullient character stem from the place of its composition: Rocky Point, Rhode Island, where the composer was on vacation. John Mackey's Aurora Awakes (2009) moves from a quiet beginning to an energetic conclusion showcasing the myriad instrumental colors in the modern wind band. The piece makes extensive use of a quotation of the famous guitar introduction to U2's 'Where the Streets Have No Name.'"

Choral works by Rachmaninoff and Pärt round out the concert program.

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