Long before John Travolta fumbled her name at the Academy Awards, Idina Menzel was known as the star of “Wicked,” Stephen Schwartz’s musical reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz.” Set years before Dorothy’s arrival, the story centers on Elphaba, a bright young girl of emerald green who grows up to become “the Wicked Witch of the West.”
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, the Washington University in St. Louis Wind Ensemble will present excerpts from “Wicked,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Star Trek” and more in the Ballroom Theater of the 560 Music Center.
The program will open with “On the Overland Stage to El Paso” (2007) by the Missouri-born composer David R. Holsinger. Next, the ensemble will perform five excerpts from “Wicked,” arranged by Michael Brown: “No One Mourns the Wicked,” “I’m Not That Girl,” “Defying Gravity,” “No Good Deed” and “For Good.”
Continuing the program will be six excerpts from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” as arranged by Paul Murtha. Songs include “Music of the Night,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Angel of Music,” “Masquerade,” “Learn to be Lonely” and “All I Ask of You.”
The program will conclude with Brown’s arrangements of the score to the feature film “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Works will include the original television “Theme from Star Trek,” written by Alexander Courage, as well as Michael Giacchino’s “Enterprising Young Men,” “To Boldly Go” and “Ode to Harrison.”
Conducted by Chris Becker, the Wind Ensemble performs both classic and contemporary wind repertoire. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all WUSTL schools and departments.
The 560 Music Center is located at 560 Trinity Ave., at the intersection with Delmar Boulevard in University City. Milk and cookies will be served after the performance. For more information, call 314-935-5566 or email email@example.com.