Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents the end of the world

Before the world ends this December, there is still a chance to see the Trinity Symphonic Wind Ensemble perform.

The ensemble will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall. The theme of the concert is “12-12 on 11-11,” alluding to the supposed end of the world in December 2012 as predicted by the Mayan Calendar.

Directed by James Worman, coordinator of winds and percussion and associate professor of music, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be performing several modern pieces, including a piece titled “End of the World,” which is the core of the performance. The 2011 Japan earthquakes and tsunami, the Mayan calendar and the Nostradamus doomsday prophecy inspired this piece, composed by Michael Schelle.

Those in attendance can expect a variety of modern pieces, all centered around this apocalyptic theme. Another notable piece “Prometheus Unbound” was written specifically for the Wind Ensemble by Brian Bondari, an assistant professor of music.

“It’s much more fun to perform pieces written by modern composers, versus composers that died hundreds of years ago. This way, they can give you advice on how to play the piece,” said first-year Federica Earl, who plays French horn in the Wind Ensemble.

In fact, several of the composers will be present at the performance, listening to the Trinity Symphonic Wind Ensemble play their pieces.

Students in the Wind Ensemble have been preparing since the beginning of the semester, working diligently to master the difficult pieces Worman has selected.

“Expect a lot of loud, in-your-face moments from the music we will be performing,” said Casie Lomeli, sophomore flute player. “There are intense, beautiful, melodic and fun pieces; it is a combination of modern variety.”

Trinity students and faculty are encouraged to attend the “12-12 on 11-11″ Wind Ensemble performance on Nov. 11 and experience it for themselves. The event is free and open to the public.

The next performance of the Trinity Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be at the annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 30 in Laurie Auditorium with the Trinity choirs, Symhony Orchestra, Handbell Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble.