The wind ensemble version is currently scheduled to be premiered on December 9, 2021. An orchestral version of this symphony is additionally in the works with the project's guest artists.
VanHemert, Day, Herwig, and Trentadue have each written the following about their involvement with this ambitious, multi-year endeavor:
There are several aspects to this project that inspired me to jump on board. I am a huge advocate for new music, and am always looking to help commission pieces by living composers in order to add quality works to the wind band repertoire. There is something so satisfying about participating in the creation of something new. However, this work is not just a new piece of music. In my opinion, it is a revolutionary work making use of so many different things that one would not typically think could mesh well together. Just combining a traditional wind ensemble with a jazz combo seems incredible on its own, but Josh is also incorporating multimedia, poetry, electronics, and solo flute! And he's not just mashing those things all into one piece because he can - he's doing it masterfully. I love the main message behind this work - becoming united in a time of division and unrest in our society. And I also love that Josh's creative process was a fully collaborative effort, where each of the guest artists are speaking their truths and making their own voices heard.
The Three Rivers Wind Symphony's mission is as follows:
When the time comes that we can gather in performance halls again, and this piece finally gets the chance to breathe its messages of hope and unity into the ears of its audiences, it's going to be absolutely incredible. I consider myself beyond lucky to be the conductor of its premiere.
When the idea for this symphony first came to mind about a year ago, I was particularly interested in exploring writing a work which would fuse multiple genres together. The circumstances of this piece changed when the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the earth - no one, a year ago, could have ever imagined we would be where we are now. So much pain, and death, and grieving, and untold suffering.
Much of my compositional career has been spent writing music for friends and colleagues in our greater community. I am so thrilled to be working with a great group of artists and friends on this project. More than this, I am grateful for the opportunity of a true artistic collaboration with this group, witnessing them talk about the many different issues currently pervading our planet and species through their artistry, musicianship, and voices.
I do not know where I would be without these people and this project.
They have kept me going. They have given me hope for a better future.
To learn more about this project and view previews of the symphony, visit
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Band directors - the consortium for this project is open until March 1. Payment is due/postmarked by June 1. A portion of all consortium funding this project earns will be donated to the following charities/organizations:
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Asian Americans for Equality
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
American Mental Wellness Association
COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund (WHO)
…And We Were Heard