Grace College Community Wind Ensemble Spring Concert
The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble will present an evening of music titled “A Tribute Concert” on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Rodeheaver Auditorium in Winona Lake. The concert is free and open to the public and will present music that displays the versatility of the wind band.
The concert will feature eight pieces: “Toccata” by Girolamo Frescobaldi, a piece that was originally written as a solo piece for the organ and was later improvised; “Theme from Schindler’s List” by John Williams, featuring Gert Kumi on the violin; “Albanian Dance” by Pjeter Gaci, also featuring Gert Kumi on violin; “Divergents op. 49” by W. Francis McBeth; “Overture on an American Folk Hymn” by Claude T. Smith, a piece based on the hymn “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”; “People Who Live in a Glass House” by John Philip Sousa; “Paper Cut” by Alex Shapiro, a piece which has the musicians not only performing on their instruments but also creating paper sounds and movement gestures to an electronic tract; and lastly “Americans We” by Henry Fillmore.
The featured soloist, Mr. Gert Kumi is an Albanian native and has performed as a violin soloist and recitalist across North America, Europe, China, South Korea and Africa. Kumi was a scholarship student of Stephen Clapp in the Master’s Program at The Juilliard School. Kumi has served as an adjunct professor at Nyack College in New York City and the artist in residence at Grace College in Winona Lake. Kumi is currently on the faculty of the Masterworks Festival for Christian Performing Artists in Winona Lake and was recently appointed assistant professor of music at Anderson University. He performs as concertmaster and soloist with Symphony of the Lakes in Winona Lake and plays regularly with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Anderson Symphony.
The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble, conducted by Martin Becker, has been presenting concerts under Martin Becker’s baton for the past ten years. The band is made up of Grace College students, community members, and professional musicians.