February 5th, 2017
Yes, it’s Super Bowl Sunday! The time for this concert is one hour earlier than usual, 2:00 p.m. So yes, there’s time for both! The program is titled Persichetti and features his Symphony No. 6 for Band, written for and premiered by the Washington University Chamber Band under the direction of Clark Mitze on April 16, 1956 at the Music Educators National Conference in St. Louis. To conduct it, we welcome back St. Louis Wind Symphony Founder and Director Emeritus, Dan Presgrave. At the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School, St. Louis, MO.
Vincent Persichetti was born to an Italian father and a German mother in Philadelphia in 1915, where he continued to live until his death in 1987. He began to study the piano at the age of five, which gave direction to an insatiable musical interest and a talent that soon proved prodigious. He began to compose almost immediately, and during his adolescence earned money as a church organist. After graduating from Philadelphia’s Combs Conservatory, he went on to complete his doctorate at the Philadelphia Conservatory. In 1947 William Schuman invited him to join the Juilliard faculty, and he taught there for the rest of his life. He became chairman of Juilliard’s composition department in 1963, and in 1970, of the literature and materials department.