University of Utah Wind Ensemble to Premiere David Maslanka's Final Symphony

Salt Lake City, Utah – The world premiere of David Maslanka's Symphony No. 10 will be performed by the University of Utah Wind Ensemble under the direction of Scott Hagen on April 3, 2018. Maslanka passed away in August 2017, leaving the large work unfinished and its future uncertain. His son, Matthew Maslanka, also a trained composer, completed the symphony on his behalf in time for the premiere. 

 David Maslanka wrote cornerstone works for wind band.

David Maslanka wrote cornerstone works for wind band.

David Maslanka was one of the most influential wind band composers of the last 50 years. Before the contributions of Maslanka and his contemporaries, there were few large, serious works for these ensembles. Maslanka's compositions A Child's Garden of Dreams (1985) and his Symphony No. 4 (1993) helped to establish the wind band as a viable genre for such pieces. Maslanka deeply enriched the repertoire by composing over 150 works, more than 50 of which were for wind ensembles. 

 University of Utah Director of Bands Scott Hagen and David Maslanka worked together many times. 

University of Utah Director of Bands Scott Hagen and David Maslanka worked together many times. 

Symphony No. 10 was commissioned by a consortium headed by Scott Hagen (University of Utah) and Stephen K. Steele in mid-2016 and was scheduled for a fall 2017 completion. Unfortunately, Maslanka was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2017 and passed away August 7th. He had planned 4 movements for the symphony and had completed the first, second, and fourth at the time of his death. The third was left only in rough sketches. He asked that his son finish the work. 

His son, Matthew, accepted the challenge to finish the symphony. Matthew is an accomplished New York city musician and composer who worked closely with his father for many years as his publisher and copyist. He studied the sketches his father left behind and was able to complete the work in early March in time for the April 3rd premiere. Those who have seen the score ahead of the performance are excited and enthusiastic about the work. Doug Brown of the radio program Wind and Rhythm said, “(I'm) speechless. It is awesome.”

 Matthew Maslanka works with many groups to rehearse his father's music.

Matthew Maslanka works with many groups to rehearse his father's music.

Symphony No 10 will be premiered at 7:30 on April 3rd at the University of Utah’s Libby Gardner Hall. The performance will feature the University of Utah Wind Ensemble, directed by Scott Hagen, with Matthew Maslanka on euphonium. Maslanka will also give a pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm. The pre-concert talk and concert will be live-streamed over the Internet. For more information, visit davidmaslanka.com.

Concert details: 
April 3, 2018, 7:30 pm
Libby Gardner Hall
University of Utah
1375 E Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
$12.50 Gen Ad, $6.50 Students

The David Maslanka Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of composer David Maslanka. His music is important not just as foundational literature for wind band, saxophone, and percussion, but as a catalyst for personal and professional transformation. The Foundation and sponsors events,  performs educational outreach, and maintains an archive of his papers. 


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