This is the world premiere of “Wings of the Wind” by the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Christopher Russell,  music composed by Stephen Johnson, Dean of the College of Music and the Arts at Azusa Pacific University.  Stay in touch with the APU Symphony on Facebook and hear them on their youtube channel.

      The orchestra performs an extremely wide range of works: from Baroque to new works. Recent major works done by the orchestra include Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Beethoven’s 5th and 9th Symphonies, Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony, Schumann’s 2nd Symphony and Nielsen’s 4th Symphony. The orchestra has performed many world and United States premieres.  They have also had on campus visits by some of today’s foremost composers including Steven Stucky, Anders Hillborg and Brett Dean.  Hillborg’s and Dean’s visits were done in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  After performing the United States premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Stockholm Diary”, the Los Angeles Times called the performance “compelling”.

      In addition to standard and new repertoire, the APU Symphony also performs little known music from the past.  In recent years, they’ve given the world premiere of the Symphony in A (1878) by Leopold Damrosch, the west coast premieres of the Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras #7 (1945) and Allan Pettersson’s 7th Symphony (1968), the first US performance in 60 years of Martinu’s Intermezzo (1950) and the first complete performance in the US of a symphony by Danish composer Rued Langgaard (1893-1952).

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