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Symphonic Winds impress and delight with fall concert

Kriste Susinskas

Issue date: 10/10/08 Section: Focus
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Gary Ciepluch describes the Symphonic Winds Ensemble as "the most amazing students and musicians in the world." The talented young group of people of which he is speaking is actually two groups in one: the University Circle Wind Ensemble and the CWRU Symphonic Winds.
Both groups are made up of students here at Case and those studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ironically, most of the students in the ensemble are not music majors. The unstinted talent of these young people would lead others to believe that these musicians are surely destined to become world-class performers, yet they manage to focus on other studies and hone their musical skills simultaneously, something of which many people are not capable.
The Symphonic Winds Ensemble recently had a concert on campus, performing in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music this past Sunday, which was the first concert of the year. The first half of the performance was performed by the University Circle Wind Ensemble and the second half, after an intermission, was by the CWRU Symphonic Winds.
In order to create such wide-ranging and harmonious sounds, the orchestra is made up of a variety of instruments: the piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, timpani, and percussion.
Although most of the concert was conducted by Ciepluch, two graduate assistant conductors also made an appearance, (Brad Hruska and Ryan Huch). Their enthusiasm was exemplified by the way they took the stand and gracefully guided the orchestra through the performance.
Ciepluch has been the music director and conductor at Case for the past 21 years and counting. In describing his favorite part of the job, he said, "Being on the podium and working with the students… It's a dream come true for me."
The enthusiasm and energy from the conductor and the students filled the concert hall and never ceased to captivate the audience. The center of the energy was radiating from Ciepluch himself, a continuously vibrant and vivacious man who never seems to stop smiling and have a twinkle in his eye.
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