National Park Music Adventure





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Published on Feb 7, 2017

Footage from the GVSU New Music Ensemble's 2016 summer performance tour, part of the National Park Service's Centennial Celebrations. New music composed about, and performed in, Badlands, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks. Supported by a generous award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Grand Valley State University. Music accompaniment: "Vixen" by Alexandra Gardner.

Commissioned composers:
Betsey Biggs
Rob Deemer
Alexandra Gardner
Patrick Harlin
Jeff Herriott
Molly Joyce
Phil Kline
Paula Matthusen

Ensemble Personnel:
Bill Ryan, director
Hannah Donnelly, flute
Denise Finnegan, clarinet
Karsten Wimbush, alto saxophone
Sarah Dowell, violin
Kevin Flynn, cello
Reese Rehkopf, piano
Wade Selkirk, percussion
Niko Schroeder, student assistant

video shot by John Jansen and Bill Ryan. Edited by David LeFurge-McLeod

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