Last week the Western Hemisphere Orchestra toured in San Francisco, CA as part of their annual spring tour. The group, directed by Dr. Keller Coker, consists of instrumentalists and vocalists, totaling roughly twenty WOU students. The band plays a variety of styles, including jazz, rock, blues, soul, Brazilian, and pop music.
While in San Francisco, the WHO performed at three venues, including Noe Valley Ministry, Waldorf High School, and the Berkeley Arts Festival. The group’s lineup included music from Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Keith Garrett, and Earth, Wind and Fire.
In addition to performing their repertoire, the WHO participated in a workshop with saxophonist and composer Phillip Greenlief. They premiered Greenlief’s piece “Clouds in Motion,” using improvisation as Greenlief directed.
The Western Hemisphere Orchestra’s next performance will take place on June 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Rice Auditorium. The show will be featuring Smith Fine Arts Series guest artist and trumpet player Sean Jones. To order tickets for the show, call 503-838-8333. To keep up to date on other WOU Music Department activities, visit their website.