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Hila Plitmann with Wind Ensemble
03.04.23 | Armstrong Concert Hall
Hila Plitmann with Wind Ensemble



Timothy J. Robblee, director

Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Armstrong Concert Hall
Shenandoah Conservatory

Conductor's Note

Music brings many gifts, but one of its greatest might be the gift of new friends.

Tonight’s program was formed by friendships, many of long duration. My personal friendship with Jonathan Newman goes back over twenty years and one of the many blessings it’s given me has been the introduction to his amazing friends. Jonathan’s friendship with Roshanne Etezady goes back thirty-three years to their time as “baby composers” at the Tanglewood music festival. He and Hila Plitmann met as students at The Juilliard School in 1994 — where she sang the first piece that he composed there. All have remained fast friends throughout the years.

After programming Newman’s epic imagined ballet Pi‘ilani and Ko‘olau the opportunity to share that work (and composer) with such wonderful friends (including Hila’s astounding artistry in both composing and singing) was irresistible to me. So, I’m thrilled to introduce you to some of my friends — in full knowledge that their gifts to you can last a lifetime. Enjoy!

Tim Robblee

Shout Out (2009)

Roshanne Etezady (b. 1973)

In This Circle (2021)

I. Wave
II. The Art of Flying
III. Outbreath

Hila Plitmann (b. 1973)
orch. Drew Dickey

Hila Plitmann, soprano

- intermission -

Piʻilani and Koʻolau (2019)

I. Piʻilani's ʻAuamakua
II. Jack London and Louis Stolz Arrive in Hawaiʻi
III. Paniolo
IV. Koʻolau and Piʻilani's Wedding
V. Affliction
VI. Refugees
VII. Death in the Forest
VIII. Flight and Return

Jonathan Newman (b. 1972)

Featured Soloist
Hila Plitmann
Wind Ensemble

Dane Frandsen
Yuan-I Jeffrey
Anna Railsback
Katarina Sams


Lillian Mathews
Mathuin Smith
Emilie Ticer


Darian Angel
Jesse Eagle
Yannick Joseph
Josh Lewis
Jalen Mims
Fabiola Vasquez
Yu Wang


Megan Frederick
Emma Shockey
Kaelin Walton


Michael Brosee
Alex Daniello 
Adam Dockins
Tom Hague
Patrick Rippeon


Maxwell Arceneaux
Addison Ashley
Sarah Berry
Ethan Hahn
Evan Joyce
Phoebe O'Kelly
Nick Peretti


Jaya Dickson
Connor Eldredge
Jacob Ford
Zoe Mark
Noah Van Deventer
Sam White
Alyson Zieg


Talbot Jennings
Maggie Plosch
Jackson Smith
Trey Strosnider
Gabe Stachour


Kendry Trammell


Aaron Reid
Erik Ruane

String Bass

Logan Unger


Austin Dettor
Alex Gamboa
Ben Millesen
Chance Morris
Matthew Neal
Marlena Shinego
Anneliese Walrath


Alyson Zieg


Hidemi Minagawa


Danielle Caldwell


Juan Andujar

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