School of the Arts

Symphonic Winds: All Music was Once New

The Symphonic Winds Ensemble to Perform in Concert

1 woman and 1 man playing brass instruments

CSU, Chico’s School of the Arts presents the Symphonic Winds Ensemble concert All Music was Once New. This concert takes place Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. Tickets are available at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333. 

The name for this concert was inspired by the catchphrase of a public radio show named Composers Datebook. The catchphrase of this program serves as a reminder that no matter how old the composition being played, “all music was once new.” 

The compositions in this concert will range in date from the 1700s with Bach’s Komm Süsser Tod to 2014 with Alex Shapiro’s piece Liquid Compass, which contains a computer-generated sound.

“We play older works because it’s important for us to continue our cultural heritage,” said Royce Tevis, director and Department of Music and Theatre faculty member. “And we need to play the new in order to keep having people write with their own voices.”

Royce Tevice conducting

In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday year, his very short Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and Danzon from the ballet Fancy Free will be performed.

“Danzon is just as fresh today as it was when Leonard Bernstein wrote it,” Tevis said.

Other compositions include:

  • Samuel Barber’s sole surviving original band work, Commando March
  • Andreas Makris’ folkloric-sounding Aegean Festival Overture
  • Michael Colgrass’s history-telling Bali
  • David Beidenbender’s tribute to jazz artist Thelonius Monk, Melodius Thunk
  • Rossano Galante’s movie music piece Lexicon of the Gods

“I hope audience members will leave with at least one piece that influenced them emotionally,” Tevis said.

Tickets for the concert are priced at $18 adults, $16 seniors, and $6 Chico State students and youth. They are available to purchase at CSU, Chico’s University Box Office, by calling 530-898-6333, online at www.csuchico.edu/boxoffice or at the door.

woman playing trumpet (from behind)

Harlen Adams Theatre is located in room 144 of the Performing Arts Center on CSU, Chico’s campus. For those who need special seating accommodations, please call the Box Office for arrangements at 530-898-6333. More information is available online at the School of the Arts website – www.csuchico.edu/soa – and Facebook page – www.facebook.com/ChicoStateSOA.

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Story by Shelby Casey, School of the Arts publicity assistant


About the Symphonic Winds Ensemble

The Symphonic Winds Ensemble is a highly select, auditioned band that has its roots in university bands that have been around since the early 1900s. It officially became the Symphonic Winds Ensemble in 2000. It is directed by Royce Tevis, Department of Music and Theatre faculty member. Members of this ensemble are CSU, Chico students of any major who play flute, clarinet, saxophone, low woodwind, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, or a percussion instrument. The band plays a variety of traditional and contemporary music for wind ensembles. Performances during the semester include a series of on-campus and off-campus concerts as well as tours and performances at professional music conventions.


About the Director

Royce Tevis picture, portrait style

Royce Tevis has earned national recognition for quality performances of both high school and university bands under his direction for forty years. Prior to coming to California State University, Chico, he served for eight years as Director of Bands at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. Tevis has served as the treasurer of the California Band Directors Association and as the head of performing arts units for sixteen years in California public school districts.  He was a band and orchestra director for sixteen years in California public schools, was a trumpet instructor at the Peninsula Conservatory of Music, and served as an army bandsman. Currently, as the director of University Bands at CSU, Chico, he conducts the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, and works with all aspects of the University Band Program. Tevis teaches courses in conducting, wind literature, and instrumental education.

Up Close & Personal with CSU, Chico Director of Bands Royce Tevis