As the concert falls on Valentine’s day, there is a special segment of music for lovers, where popular pieces such as ‘unchained melody’ will be performed. The orchestra will also perform tuneful pieces based on British Folk music written by Percy Grainger who is best known for his composition ‘Londonderry Air’ which has been recorded by numerous popular artistes as the song ‘Danny Boy’ .The concert show piece will be the virtuoso composition ‘The Year of the Dragon’ by the British composer Philip Sparke.
The Colombo Wind Orchestra is Sri Lanka’s only concert wind band. It was formed six years ago by the wind players of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka to bring to the music loving public the immensely enjoyable and colourful repertoire for wind orchestra. Today it consists of over 40 players featuring the whole range of wind instruments from the piccolo flute through flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, flugel horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and saxophone, augmented with percussion and string bass. The sheer range of tone colours emanating from a wind orchestra helps to make the music it makes immediately accessible to all audiences. The positive feedback received from the audiences at its past concerts has encouraged the orchestra to keep moving forward presenting each year challenging and entertaining programmes.
The concert is sponsored by the Dr. Earle de Fonseka Trust in recognition of the work it does in training talented young wind musicians. If you want on this Valentine’s day to hear tuneful,charming music with some excitement thrown in presented with the rich palette of tone colours which only a Wind Orchestra can provide,then you should then make it to the Lionel Wendt by 7 pm to hear the Colombo Wind Orchestra in concert. Tickets are available from the Lionel Wendt Theatre office from the 6th of February.