Alexandra Mattson

The School of Music at Western Michigan University will end 2018's public concerts with 'A Brass Celebration of Christmas,' on Sunday, Dec 16 at 3 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Robert White, professor of trumpet, and Alexandra Mattson, a graduate assistant horn player, talk about the annual tradition of bringing together students and faculty for a holiday concert, which opens with the brilliant, and mandatory, Four Dances from The Danserye by Tielman Susato.

Art Streiber

Western Michigan University director of bands Scott Boerma, and graduate asssitant hornist Alexandra Mattson preview the next Western Winds program with Cara Lieurance, highlighting a rare performance of Street Song by world-famous conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The concert is set for Wednesday, Nov 7 at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at WMU, as part of the Bullock Performance Institute series. Mattson explains how her path of study brought her to WMU's School of Music, and Dr. Boerma emphasizes the collaborative nature of directing this ensemble.

The Western Winds is a versatile group that brings together Western Michigan University's wind, brass and percussion faculty with WMU graduate assistant performers, in various configurations. The repertoire is challenging, and the concerts are prepared in just three rehearsals, which is typical in the professional music world.