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The band will close their performance with Michael Martin’s “Lontano,” a symphony for wind ensemble

The BYU Wind Symphony will take audiences around the world with music from France, Iran, Germany, Japan and Spain in their March 6 concert. 

“We’re offering a variety of international music, from old to new pieces,” said Wind Symphony director Don Peterson. “The major work we’re performing is ‘Lontano,’ a symphony for wind ensemble. It’s a technically and emotionally charged piece and an exhilarating end to the concert.”

“Lontano” was written by contemporary American composer Michael Martin and is titled after the Italian word for “distance.” The piece has been an involved — but rewarding — challenge for the Wind Symphony musicians.

“It’s a fascinating piece that takes you on a journey, starting at a distance and getting nearer throughout,” said Peterson. “It’s stretched us technically; there are a lot of emotional changes and some offstage instruments. I would say we’ve spent more than half of our rehearsal time just on ‘Lontano.’”

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