WindSync will play at Kokomo High School this weekend. The wind ensemble adds a twist to traditional chamber music.            Photo Provided
WindSync will play at Kokomo High School this weekend. The wind ensemble adds a twist to traditional chamber music. Photo Provided

Kokomo Community Concerts will play host to Texas-based wind ensemble, WindSync this weekend. 

The Texas-based quintet utilizes a combination of uncommon wind instruments in the oboe, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn to create a memorable experience for concert goers. 

“These guys are going to be very neat. They’re high energy and they move throughout the auditorium. It will be very different,” said Mary Rusch, Kokomo Community Concerts publicity chair.

The ensemble will present classic chamber music with a twist. The combination doesn’t remain stagnant on the stage. They move around the stage and also through the audience at times. One of their more notable performed arrangements is “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel where members of the ensemble take turns keeping the beat of the song on a snare drum and trade the melody.

“WindSync is an extremely talented group that is bringing chamber music into the 21st Century,” says Randy Rusch, president of Kokomo Community Concerts.  “With this concert, the audience will see how classical music can combine with modern elements of staging and choreography for a true display of world class Entertainment.”

The ensemble is internationally recognized for their interpretations of classical music. Additionally, all songs played by WindSync are performed from memory. 

David Folin of Allied Concert Services said WindSync starts with terrific musicianship and take it a step further by adding innovative ways to present their pieces.

“We want to bring world class entertainment to Kokomo. We really love to connect with people,” said Mary. “We love to touch people with music and the live entertainment we think is so important.”

WindSync will perform at Kokomo High School on Saturday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $25 and admission for children is free. Season tickets are still available for $50, with three shows left in the season. Tickets and season passes can be purchased online at kokomocommunityconcerts.org.

Tickets can also be purchased at the following locations: Big Ben Coffee, The Windmill Grill, Comprehensive Planning Corp., Frittatas, Choo Choo McGoo’s, and Herbst Family of Pharmacies.

Following WindSync, the Derik Nelson & Family and the Glenn Miller Orchestra will round out the season. 

Derik Nelson & Family is a trio of siblings that adds a modern day spin to contemporary music. The siblings, Derik, Riana, and Dalten blend their voices to raise money for childhood education. Derik is best known as the lead guitarist on Glee for several seasons. They, too, provide audience members with a unique show experience.

Folin said the trio travels with video screens that play videos throughout the show. He called the group clever, inventive, and charming. 
Derik Nelson & Family will perform April 15.

Closing out the 2017-2018 concert season will be the Glenn Miller Orchestra. One of the most notable big bands of its time, the orchestra remained intact after its bandleader Glenn Miller, and the aircraft he was on, went missing over the English Channel during a tour for the troops in 1944.

On May 6, the Glenn Miller Orchestra will play the big hits of the swing era and will be accompanied by its singing band leader a “stunning” female vocalist.