Online Special: Wind Ensemble Wows at Cornell

The Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, conducted by music performance professor Stephen Peterson, performed John Corigliano’s “Circus Maximus” at Cornell University’s Bailey Hall in February. The piece — which employs a marching band, two sirens, and a shotgun, among more traditional instruments — is designed to create an overwhelming, exhilarating auditory experience for the audience. No venue on IC’s campus could effectively house such an explosion of sound, so Cornell allowed the College’s wind ensemble to perform the 37-minute opus in Bailey Hall.

Listen to a clip from “Circus Maximus” by clicking on the link at right.