This setting of the classic carol ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH was written for the annual PBS broadcast of Candles and Carols from Anderson, University. It explores subtle harmonic and stylistic changes and makes use of another traditional hymn in “telling the old, old story,” in a fresh musical approach. This arrangement has plenty of contrasts throughout to keep this old carol from loosing its drive and impact. This arrangement can served as either a concert opener or finale.
This recording was done by The Butler University Wind Ensemble, Dr. Robert Grechesky, Director. The band performs the finest in wind music from the Renaissance to the present in a concert series presented in magnificent Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler Campus, as well as other venues throughout Indianapolis and central Indiana. The band has performed for many prestigious organizations and conferences, including the conventions of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the International Percussive Arts Society, the Indiana Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Association, and the International Mid-Europe Conference for Bands and Ensembles in Schladming, Austria. In 2005, the band was honored to be the first American band invited to represent the United States at the first International Spring Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Band and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Robert Grechesky, played three concerts to wildly enthusiastic audiences, including performances at the Glazounv Concert Hall of the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory and the Great Philharmonic Hall (after Shostakovich). The Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble is open by audition to any student enrolled at Butler University and provides the campus and Indianapolis community with a rich, cultural and artistic resource.