November 2, 2007
The University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra has released a new CD that celebrates both a 45th and a 100th anniversary.
Entitled Lilium: A Celebration, the orchestra’s second commercial CD also marks the band’s 45th year, said director Glen Gillis, who is also an associate professor of saxophone in the Department of Music. The group’s first CD marked the province’s centenary in 2005 and the U of S anniversary “so it all fit in nicely.” The idea for the title “came to me in about five seconds” after Gillis saw an image of the U of S centennial lily.
“Our curriculum is our repertoire,” Gillis said, and that is what is featured on the CD. The works are played by both the 2006 and 2007 orchestras and feature a mixture of styles. One important linking factor for the orchestra is the number of works by Canadian composers featured on the disc.
The CD is available at McNally Robinson Booksellers and from the department office.
Another CD, this one featuring the 37-voice University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers, is also a centennial effort and features a compilation of the choir’s recordings and live concerts under conductor Gerald Langner from 2004-07.
In the Greystone Tradition Vol. 2 will be released mid-November, said Langner, and will also be available at the department office.
The release follows a unique performance opportunity that saw the Greystone Singers joined by their University of Manitoba counterparts, the U of S Wind Orchestra and the strings of the U of M Symphony in a performance of the Mozart Requiem conducted by Langner. After the Oct. 19 event, the group, minus the Wind Orchestra, traveled to Winnipeg for a repeat performance there under the direction of Elroy Friesen, conductor of the U of M Singers.
It was the first-ever collaboration between the two choirs.