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The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a 45 piece band made up of highly skilled musicians in the Lower Mainland, of Vancouver, BC. PSWE aspires to present the best performances of modern wind band music through our regular four concert season.
PSWE is also an active support of student musicians, and has a mandate to promote performing opportunities for music students of all ages. PSWE offers workshops and masterclasses with our skilled musicians and school bands, as well as joint concerts with school groups. There are also group rates to our concerts available for students.
PSWE had the honour of being an invited, featured ensemble at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in San Jose in July 2015. This is one of the most prestigious band festivals in the world, and marked the 10th anniversary of PSWE's performance at the WASBE conference in Singapore in 1995.
PSWE has a full concert season at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in 2017/18.
Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble
June 9, 2018 | 8pm
BIOSPHERE will be presented Saturday, June 9, 2018 8pm at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. This season-finale concert draws from all life on earth which has inspired us, and includes a new work by PSWE Music Director David Branter.
DAVID MASLANKA's Mother Earth is a splendid call to arms, “to be aware to the needs of our beloved planet, and to respond to it as a living entity.”
Gaian Visions by the California based composer FRANK TICHELI pays homage to Gaia, the Earth goddess of ancient Greece, and her powers to control the planet's destiny.
ROGER BOUTRY's Divertimento for Alto Sax and Wind Ensemble is a hothouse showcase for the budding musical talent of the winner of PSWE's Youth Soloist Competition, Mia Gazley.
Essay on Origins by DAVID BRANTER, tells the creation narrative from the Book of Genesis as a musical landscape.
Finally, KAREL HUSA's landmark, 25-minute work Apotheosis of this Earth is performed, a work born out of the environmental movement of the late sixties, a time when the Apollo astronauts provided a first-person view of our precious “Blue Jewel” of a planet.