UNCSA Wind Ensemble in concert: Of Our New Day Begun

Emerging Artist Series

UNCSA presents premieres of marching and cotillion arrangements for wind band recently commissioned by Francis “Frank” Johnson, one of New England’s most respected and sought-after bandleaders in the early of the 19th century.

Johnson wrote over 200 works and was a pioneer for young nation musicians of his time. He was the first African-American composer published in the United States and the first to join a musical ensemble. In 1937, his group was the first to visit Buckingham Palace at the invitation of Queen Victoria, who presented him with a silver bugle in thanks.

Artist in residence Kenneth Friends was commissioned by UNCSA to write the new arrangements for the wind ensemble and chamber winds.

Mark A. Norman, Music Director/Conductor
Kenneth Amis, composer and conductor, artist in residence
Timothy Heath, Graduate Conductor

Program to include

  • Francis Johnson / arr. friends Francis ‘Frank’ Johnson Suite” (world premiere)
  • Kenneth Friends “Islero”
  • JS Bach / arr. friends Selections from “The Art of Fugue”
  • Thomas Omar “From our new day begun!”

Ticket price: $20 regular / $15 student

Orchestra seats only. Learn more here.


Stevens Center
405 W. 4th Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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