Capital Region Wind Ensemble

Upcoming Concert 

The Capital Region Wind Ensemble is the wind ensemble in residence at Schenectady County Community College.
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General Admission, $10; non-SCCC students, $8; SCCC students, free with ID

Sunday, November 20, 2016
“The Chase is On!”
3:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium

Come hear the Capital Region Wind Ensemble as we open our 23rd season by leading you on a merry chase exploring the musical world of fugues and counterpoint. This concert features our incredible percussion section along with works by Clifton Williams, Thomas Stone, and Michael Buritt. The concert concludes with Paul Hindemith’s majestic Symphony in B-flat.

Sunday, April 2, 2017
“Shadow and Light”

3:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium 
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, tenor saxophone soloist

CRWE presents a concert of shadow and light, good and evil with works by Frank Ticheli, Jonathan Newman, Michael Markowski, and Shafer Mahoney. Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will perform the world premiere of Making the Darkness Conscious , an anti-hero concerto by CRWE music director, Brett L. Wery. Hulting-Cohen will also premiere Fire Caper for tenor saxophone and wind ensemble by University of Missouri composer, Dylan Aurthur Baker.

The concert concludes with Vincent Persichetti’s Divertimento as twenty-five select high school students join the CRWE for our annual side-by-side performance.

Sunday, June 4, 2017
“Manhattan Rhapsody”

3:00 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
Mark Evans, piano soloist

CRWE concludes the season with a concert inspired by the Big Apple. This concert features Aaron Copland’s An Outdoor Overture and Jan Van der Roost’s Manhattan Pictures. The program closes with George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Schenectady County Community College piano professor, Mark Evans will be joining the group to perform this beloved masterpiece.

CRWE History and Mission

The Capital Region Wind Ensemble (CRWE) was founded in 1994 with the intent of providing a vehicle for professional wind and percussion players to perform concert band and wind ensemble literature at a high level. The CRWE is dedicated to serving the community by providing outstanding performances of classical and contemporary band literature and by serving as role models for young student musicians.

Once a year, the CRWE invites selected high school students to perform with the ensemble and participate in master classes with guest soloists.

Many CRWE members teach or have taught in school districts throughout the Capital Region. Members also perform professionally with regional ensembles including the Albany, Schenectady, and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestras. CRWE members are often heard at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Proctor’s Theatre and other local theaters; and with groups from the area pop and jazz scene, including the Empire Jazz Orchestra.

Brett WeryBrett Wery is the Principal Conductor of the CRWE. He assumed the duties in 2003 when founder, Joseph Miller stepped down from the position. Mr. Wery is a professor at Schenectady County Community College. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the SCCC Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He conducts the SCCC Wind Ensemble and instructs in woodwind applied studies, chamber music, music theory and conducting.

He performs and records with the Empire Jazz Orchestra, and the Dogs of Desire. He is an active composer and arranger and a member of ASCAP and SCI. Mr. Wery received his M.A. from the University of Denver and his Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts.