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Central Iowa Wind Ensemble presents Myths & Legends

  • 4801 Franklin Ave | Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Presented By: Central Iowa Wind Ensemble
  • Dates: March 5, 2023
  • Location: Franklin Junior High Events Center - Performance Hall
  • Phone: (515) 991-8653
  • Start/End Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: 0
  • Overview

    Join your favorite musical story-tellers - the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble as they perform Myths & Legends at the Franklin Event Center. Journey into the fantasy world of Greek gods, Roman heroes, white whales and even middle earth! Who doesn’t love a good story!

    We will be featuring piccolo soloist Sara Danielson alongside the works of Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, Johan De Meij and Francis McBeth. This is a concert that will stretch your imagination AND your ears!

    Our program includes but is not limited to the following selections:
    Vesuvius - Frank Ticheli
    This Cruel Moon - John Mackey
    Pines of Rome Finale - Ottorino Respighi
    Of Sailors and Whales - Francis McBeth
    Lord of the Rings - Mvt. 1 - Gandalf - Johan De Meij
    Le Merle Blanc (Polka Fantasy for Piccolo and Band) - Eugène Damaré
    Fanfare for Athena - Tyler S. Grant

    About Christian Carichner, Music Director and Conductor
    Christian Carichner serves as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Cyclone Marching Band at Iowa State University. He oversees all aspects of the Athletic Band program including the 350-member Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band, Men’s and Women’s Basketball bands, Volleyball Band, Wrestling Band and State Storm. In addition to his athletic band duties, Christian also teaches the Marching Band Methods course and instructs the applied Tuba and Euphonium studios.

    While serving as director of the Cyclone Marching Band, the band was awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy – the highest honor bestowed upon a collegiate marching band in the United States.

    Christian attended Ithaca College where he earned degrees in music education and performance while studying tuba with Dave Unland and brass pedagogy with Alex Shuhan, as well as conducting studies with Stephen Peterson, Jeffery Grogan and Janet Galvan. After Ithaca, Christian earned a Master of Music degree in Tuba Performance from Arizona State University where he studied with acclaimed Tubist and pedagogue Sam Pilafian. Christian also studied tuba with Patrick Sheridan, Charles Villarrubia and Matt Good.

    About Sara Danielson, Soloist
    Sara Danielson is a music educator and flutist in the Des Moines area. Originally from Cedar Rapids, she studied with Angeleita Floyd and Joanne Chadima. Sara has been a member of the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band since 2001 and has held the permanent piccolo position since 2016; she has been the piccolo player for the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble since 2007.

    Sara has also performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous church services, weddings, and other local events and projects. She has been hired for studio work, including being the flutist on Fred Gazzo’s album, Christmas Dreams. Sara’s pit orchestra credits include Beauty in the Beast, Peter Pan, and Jingle Bell Bash.

    An active member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, she was the Xi B Province Officer from 2015-2022. Sara holds a Master of Arts in Music with a Music Education Concentration from Eastern Illinois University and Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance from the University of Northern Iowa.

    She is currently a K-5 music teacher in Des Moines Public Schools and is pursuing her Educational Specialist’s Degree in Culturally Responsive Leadership and Instruction from Drake University. Sara resides in Ankeny with her husband, Jason, and children, Carter, Maxwell, and Isaac.

    About the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble
    The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble (CIWE) is an adult symphonic band with musicians drawn from the greater Des Moines area. The ensemble was founded in 2002 by a group of central Iowa music educators under the leadership of Dr. Evan Feldman, who led the group until 2005. To this day, the ensemble maintains a strong contingent of educators, but membership has expanded to include musicians from a wide variety of musical backgrounds and occupations. It annually performs a series of four concerts plus special events. CIWE has expanded its audiences to reach underserved constituencies by partnering with various local human services agencies. The CIWE also sponsors competition for high school students that awards the winner an honorarium. The Central

    Iowa Wind Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered as a corporation in the State of Iowa.
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