Internationally renowned conductor Craig Kirchhoff will serve as guest conductor when the IUP Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Concert Band perform in concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2012. The concert will be performed in Fisher Auditorium of IUP Performing Arts Center.
Kirchhoff is currently a professor of conducting and director of University Bands at the University of Minnesota where he conducts the University Wind Ensemble and guest conducts in the University Opera Program. He also coordinates the graduate program in wind ensemble and band conducting and guides all aspects of the University of Minnesota wind band program.
Born and educated in Wisconsin, Kirchhoff holds a wide knowledge of both traditional and contemporary literature. He has won critical acclaim from composers Warren Benson, Henry Brant, Elliott Carter, Michael Colgrass, John Corigliano, Karel Husa, Libby Larsen, George Perle, Vincent Persichetti, Stephen Paulus, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, Elliott Schwartz, Chen Yi, and others.
Kirchhoff is past president of the College Band Directors National Association and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Music Educators National Conference. He also served as the founding editor and principal advisor of the College Band Directors National Association Journal.
He has appeared as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and Scandinavia. Mr. Kirchhoff has guest conducted the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and has recorded with them on the Kosei Publishing label. In addition, composer Daniel French will be in attendance for the world premiere of his "As Scattered by Waves", performed by the IUP Wind Ensemble.
The concert will begin with the IUP Trumpet Ensemble giving the U.S. premiere of Jack Stamp's "WASBE Fanfare 2011," written for the opening of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles national conference in Taiwan.
Tickets are available in advance at the Hadley Union Buidling and will be available at the door starting at 6:30 the evening of the concert. Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 discount, and $6 for students and children.