The WINDS will have the distinct privilege this June of performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. In January 2015, conductor Gail Brechting approached Manhattan Concert Productions (MCP) at a conference, inquiring about opportunities for adult ensembles to perform on tour. There were, but by invitation through an audition only. Within days of returning home, Gail received a call from MCP with an audition invitation; they were impressed with the accomplishments shown on WINDS’ website. An application and CD was sent and two weeks later the invitation was extended to perform in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall!
MCP called again in mid-April, asking, “How close are you to Chicago?” Puzzled, Gail said, “About 3 hours, why?” MCP had a last-minute opening in May, “Were the WINDS available to play?” Incredibly, the WINDS had an invitation to play in the historic Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! With only one month to prepare, the WINDS presented a fabulous performance as the concert anchor on May 24, 2015.
The WINDS continue to plan and raise funds for the trip to NYC, scheduled from June 17-20, 2016. The debut performance is Sunday evening, June 19, in one of the most famous halls in the United States. Just think who has stood on that stage!
The West Michigan Concert WINDS is proud to represent West Michigan as a premiere adult wind band!