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Are you interested in wind band music? Do you want to support music education in NYC public schools? Do you like the shape of a triangle? Have you ever wondered what kind of weird noise a bassoon makes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should put aside your midterms for a couple of hours and come on down to Roone Arledge Auditorium and listen to some incredible wind ensemble music.

This afternoon, the Columbia University Wind Ensemble is presenting their annual Columbia Festival of Winds (or CFW, for short), an event that brings ensembles from the greater New York City area together in an afternoon-long concert. The concert will start at 1 pm and continue until about 5:30 pm; audience members are invited to come and go between ensembles as they please.  CFW this year features the Princeton University Wind Ensemble, Mark Twain Concert Band, Grand Street Community Band, and Kings County Concert Band, as well as Uptown Vocal (for a different kind of wind). Proceeds from the event go to support Musical Mentors Collaborative, a Columbia student-run organization that provides free music lessons to elementary school students at P.S. 145. This year, the CU Wind Ensemble’s repertoire will feature several premieres, including the world premiere of a piece by Vice President (and friend of Bwog) Brent Morden, CC ’19.

In honor of 10 years of CFW, the CU Wind Ensemble has extended their event this year to include an Honor Band, consisting of talented high school students from the greater NYC area (and two students from Alabama) who rehearsed all day with guest clinician Prof. Randall Coleman. The Honor Band will open the concert at 1 pm today. The concert’s full schedule is:

  • Honor Band: 1:00 PM
  • Grand Street Community Band: 1:45 PM
  • Princeton Wind Ensemble: 2:20 PM
  • Kings County Concert Band: 2:55 PM
  • Uptown Vocal: 3:30 PM
  • Mark Twain Concert Band: 3:50 PM
  • Columbia University Wind Ensemble: 4:25 PM
  • Massed Band: 5:00 PM

Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 with CUID and for children ages 18 and under. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook event and website.

Note: Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman and EIC Betsy Ladyzhets are the current president and one of the vice presidents of the CU Wind Ensemble, respectively.

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For those who can actually read musical notes...

For those who can actually read musical notes…

Curious about wind instruments? Never gotten the chance to hear your friend play his clarinet? Wondering what a festival of winds would be like? You can get the answers you need this afternoon, Sunday, March 6th, in in Roone Arledge Auditorium. Today is the CU Wind Ensemble concert! The program is as follows:

2:00 – Opening Remarks by Sara Koutcher

2:05 – Columbia Festival Band

2:20 – Manhattan Wind Ensemble

2:55 – Princeton Wind Ensemble


3:45 – Mark Twain Concert Band

4:20 – IPFW Wind Ensemble

4:55 – Columbia University Wind Ensemble

5:30 – Massed Band

5:35 – Reception

Tickets can be purchased at the TIC Booth in Lerner Hall. The VIP and alumni packages include a post-concert reception in thanks of your support. $5 with CUID, and $15 without!

For more information, visit the Festival of Winds website.

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This Sunday (i.e., tomorrow), the Columbia University Wind Ensemble will host its 7th annual Festival of Winds, a full-day concert featuring performers from colleges and schools from around the region, held in our own Roone Arledge Auditorium. Proceeds from the festival will go to support music education in New York City, where budget tightening has led many schools to scale back or outright cancel their music education programs.

The Columbia Festival Band under Cornell’s James Spinazzola will kick off the performance at 1:00pm with Jager’s Espirit De Corps. Next will come the NYU Concert Band playing works by Gabrieli, Schuman, and Perischetti; the Princeton University Wind Ensemble playing works by Ticheli and Shostakovich; the Manhattan Wind Ensemble works by Reed, Giroux, and Marquez; the ISO Symphonic Band works by Korsakov, Barber, and Ticheli; and the Columbia University Wind Ensemble works by Yagisawa and Maslanka.

The festival will end around 4:25 with a performance by all of the groups combined, of Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry. A reception will follow for VIP ticket-holders.

Purchase your dirt cheap (or VIP) ticket today!

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Starting from 2:05 pm today, the Columbia University Wind Ensemble will host its 9th annual Columbia Festival of Winds in Roone Arledge Auditorium! The Festival is a day-long event that “brings together wind bands from greater NYC area for a collaborative celebration of the unique musical form of wind band music”. Tickets are available on the Columbia Arts Initiative Website, at the TIC, and at the door. All profits will go to the Musical Mentor Collaborative, a Columbia-based nonprofit that provides music lessons to public elementary school students.

The program is as follows:

Columbia Festival Band: 2:05 ᴘ.ᴍ.
Kings County Concert Band: 2:20 ᴘ.ᴍ.
Princeton Wind Ensemble: 2:55 ᴘ.ᴍ.
Manhattan Wind Ensemble: 3:30 ᴘ.ᴍ.
Mark Twain Concert Band: 4:05 ᴘ.ᴍ.
Columbia University Wind Ensemble: 4:40 ᴘ.ᴍ.
Massed Band: 5:10 ᴘ.ᴍ.

Purchase your ticket here!

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The Columbia University Wind Ensemble is hosting its second annual Columbia Festival of Winds on Sunday, March 7th, to raise money for a music-education program called Making Music Matter. Different ensembles, including the Jambalaya Brass Band, the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps (who have played at presidential inaugurations), and internationally renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, are playing to help us support inner-city music education. Tickets are $5 with a student ID, $15 general admission, $30 for VIP seats ( and the concert runs from 2-10pm in Roone.



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Are these Bwoggies or Oscars? The world may never know.

Happening in the world: In “??!?!?!!!?!” news, Trump said during a Mar-a-Lago lunch with Republican donors that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent consolidation of power as “president for life” was “great” and that “maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.” He also complained about Hillary Clinton. (CNN)

Happening in the US: The 90th Academy Awards are today! Here’s a complete list of nominees. Most exciting to this Bwogger: Sufjan Stevens is performing, and his bands includes ST. VINCENT and MOSES SUMNEY. #indietakeover2018 (Vox)

Happening in the city:  The trial of Yoselyn Ortega, a nanny who murdered two of the children under her care, continued on Friday with the testimony of Marina Krim, the mother of the children. Ortega has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. (New York Times)

Happening on campus: Today is the Columbia Festival of Winds! Look out later this morning for an announcement post, but if you want to jam out to some wind ensembles, general admission tickets are $15 ($5 with CUID), and the good times start at 1:00 pm in the Roone Arledge Auditorium.

Overseen: Two girls “Lady and the Tramp”-ing a JJ’s mozzarella stick.

Song of the day:

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CUWE works ardently at their dress rehearsal

CUWE works ardently at their dress rehearsal

On Sunday, March 2, The Columbia University Wind Ensemble is hosting its 6th annual Columbia Festival of Winds to benefit the Musical Mentors Collaborative, a Columbia music outreach and education program to benefit elementary school children in NYC public schools.  The group offers free music lessons to these students to help teach them musical instruments.

The event goes from 2 pm to 6:30 pm in Roone Arledge and will feature performances from CU Wind Ensemble as well as several visiting bands.  Tickets can be purchased at the TIC and are $15, or $5 with a CUID.  This will get you into the all-afternoon event and the reception afterwards (woohoo!), so this is something you should definitely check out.

The CU Wind Ensemble will be performing “Caccia and Chorale” by Clifton Williams, “Requiem” by David Maslanka, “Fantasia for Alto Saxophone” by Eric Ewazen (with special guest soloist Paul Cohen), and “Moth” by Viet Cuong.  The visiting ensembles will include the Columbia Festival Band, Mark Twain Intermediate School band, NYU Concert Band, Princeton University Wind Ensemble, Manhattan Wind Ensemble, and a band in which all the ensembles perform together in a massed finale.  If wind bands aren’t quite your thing, Columbia’s own SHARP a cappella will be performing at intermission.

This is a great cause, so you should all definitely check this out (also it’s only $5).  Plus, it doesn’t start until 2 pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to recover from your Saturday night before heading over to the event.  With a wide variety of musical ensembles and a great program, the Festival of Winds is sure to have something to entertain for all.



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The group sounded ready at their rehearsal

The Columbia University Wind Ensemble hopes to give inner-city fourth graders the chance to be their next generation, as tomorrow’s their fifth annual Columbia Festival of Winds. Proceeds will go to supplying the group of students from Making Music Matter at P.S. 125 with their instruments and music books. The event starts at 2 pm in Roone Arledge and lasts until 6:30 pm, and tickets are $5 with a CUID, or $40 for superstar VIP treatment. Other ensembles playing include Connecticut Symphonic Winds, Princeton University Wind Ensemble, Manhattan Wind Ensemble, NYU Concert Band, and the Brooklyn Wind Symphony. Even the kids from P.S. 125 will come perform what they’ve been working on, which will be one of the cutest things you’ve seen—and probably pretty impressive, too.

Before the massed band finale, the Columbia University Wind Ensemble will play pieces by Shostakovich, Del Tredici, Beck, Holst, and Caplan. Shosty’s classic Festive Overture sounded sharp and energetic at the group’s Monday night rehearsal once the group found its unity, and the group played Del Tredici’s Acrostic Song with appropriate gravity and purpose. The music seems very promising, it’s for a good cause, and tickets are only $5. Don’t let a little bit of homework deter you from supporting your wind ensemble peers!



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Attention freshmen performing artists!

Calling all artsy freshpeople and returning students alike! Bwog wants to take a moment to draw your attention to one of our weekly features, Where Art Thou? Every Wednesday, we post a guide to theater and arts happenings in the Columbia community that week. The “Columbia community” doesn’t mean only Morningside Heights—let us know what kind of super hip stuff you’re up to all over the city! If you would like your event featured in Where Art Thou?, email us at

To start things off, below are descriptions of various groups from the CUPAL (Columbia University Performing Arts League) guide to arts groups on campus. See the full guide (PDF) for more information, including audition dates. CUPAL is a great resource for performers and enthusiasts! Visit their website year-round for information about auditions, writing submissions, production and design team interviews, performances, and other CUPAL events. If your group is not part of CUPAL, but you would like your group’s information listed here, please email us at

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Columbia Festival of Winds?

Bwog’s kind-of-new Wednesday feature, Where Art Thou?, is here to keep you posted on what’s going on in the A&E department in Morningside Heights and beyond (basically all the cool events your friends are in/on/at). If you would like your whatever-event-we-just-want-to-have-a-VIP-option posted on Bwog, now you can! E-mail us at


  • CU Records Lounge Night + Women in Music, from 7 to 9 pm in Liz’s Place, featuring campus’ acoustic talent, Free.
  • Cahoot’s MacBeth, starting Thursday at 8 pm and running through Saturday in Minor Latham Playhouse at Barnard. Part of the Senior Thesis Festival. Free.
  • MaMa Project 2011: Embers, starting Thursday at 8 pm and running though Saturday in Lerner Black Box. $5 with CUID, $10 without.
  • The Saint Plays, starting Thursday at 9 pm and running through Saturday in Minor Latham Playhouse at Barnard. Part of the Senior Thesis Festival. Free.






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You, this weekend.

You, this weekend.

It’s too close to Spring Break to work, and you’ve already watched House of Cards three times. Bwog’s intriguing arts editor Madysen Luebke finds you intriguing things going on around campus to help you deal with your mid-semester ennui.

All Weekend:

  • The MaMa Project is back again, with this year’s show of the mud.  It’s not that often that evening-length dance performances happen on campus, so be sure to head over to the Lerner Black Box Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 8pm.  Tickets are $5 with CUID, and it’s sure to be an amazing show.
  • The theatre season is starting up again this semester with Everybody’s Legs, a new play by Diane Nora.  Catch the show in the Schapiro Studio Theater Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm or Saturday at 3 pm.  Tickets are free; you just need to make a reservation!




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Definitely a scene from a real Batman movie

Although there was only a small showing of the general student body, all elected members of CCSC managed to brave the high winds and… well, high winds for the regular Sunday night meeting. In light of the two week hiatus, there was a lot on the agenda including a number of updates from Class Councils, Senators, liaisons and the Executive Board as well as three resolutions and a presentation on the Office of Environmental Stewardship. Bwog’s Student Council Aficionado Maren Killackey reports.


2013: will be having a Halloween event on Wednesday. They have also confirmed their speaker for the next Professor speaker series event (on Nov. 28) as Dr. Frances Negron-Muntaner who is, among a number of things, director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.
will be partnering with Ferris Reel to host a screening of “Batman Begins”
has their Tips for Treats event on Lerner ramps next Wednesday where students will be given candy in exchange for writing out tips for initiatives or events the 2015 Council should look into. Council has booked Roone Auditorium for Nov. 14 and will be hosting some sort Ben & Jerry’s event with 1000 free servings. Council also discussed the possibility of allowing students to come in their pajamas and so might title the event “BJs in Your PJs.” Title was quickly nixed.
chose all 10 members of the appointed council and has precalendared space for next semester




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It’s March, and you still haven’t made use of the TIC box this year. Why not this month? As they do every couple weeks, our friends at the TIC box are here to let you know about upcoming arts events on- and off-campus, as well as some best-sellers of yesteryear. All shows can be accessed on the CUARTS website

Best-sellers before break:

  • Students for Justice in Palestine presents Born in Flames Concert feat. Invincible, Jean Grae, and Tamar Kali
  • Chowdah Sketch Comedy presents Better Living through Chowdah
  • Columbia Musical Theatre Society presents Stages
  • Columbia University Wind Ensemble presents The Festival of Winds

Upcoming on-campus events:

  • Fruit Paunch presents March Madness Improv Festival, Fri. Mar. 23 at 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm, Lerner Black Box, FREE.
  • ONYX Hip-Hop Dance Troupe presents Madhatters Put Ya Stunna’ Shades On! Fri. Mar. 23 at 11 pm, Lerner Party Space, $2-3
  • CUPAL Spring Showcase, Sat. Mar. 24 at 8 pm, Diana Oval, $5
  • OPS presents Chamak, Sat. Mar 24 at 8 pm,  Roone Alredge, $4
  • CISA presents Norooz 1391 Banquet Persian New Year, Sat. Mar. 24 at 7 pm, Lerner C555, banquet $20, after-party $9
  • Student Organization of Latinos presents Nuestra America: El Salvador, Sat. Mar. 24, banquet at 8 pm, after-party at 11:30 pm, banquet $3, after-party $1
  • Liga Filipina presents Manila, Mahal Kita, Sun. Mar 25 7:30 pm, Roone Alredge, $10.

Upcoming off-campus events:

  • Dress Rehearsal for The Metropolitan Opera’s La Traviata, Tues. Apr. 3 at 11 am. Students: Free with ticket; RSVP with CUARTS by Mar. 23rd
  • Peter and the Starcatcher, Tues. Apr. 12 at 7 pm, $41
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Family Concert: What is New Orleans Jazz? Sat. Apr. 21 at 1 pm, $12.50-25.80.
  • Ballet Hispanico at the Joyce Theatre, Sun. Apr. 29 at 2 pm, $29
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Thinking about going to some awesome CUarts events but just can’t choose which one? Bwog’s Beat for the Tic box gives you the skinny to stay young and hip with the kids.

Best sellers last week:

  • Columbia University V-Day: Vagina Monologues
  • King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe: Egg and Peacock 24 -Hour Play Festival
  • Orchesis: Unearthed: MaMa Project 2012
  • Black Heritage Month: Black is the New Black 

Columbia events on sale now:



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Starting in about fifteen minutes in Roone Auditorium is the Columbia Festival of Winds.  It sounds like a Zelda game, but it’s arguably more fun than that.  Seven ensembles, including the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, will be performing until 9:30 tonight.

Tickets are $15, but that comes out to a mere $1.58 per hour.  And all that benefits music education programs in New York City.

The famed quartet will be making their appearance around 8:00 PM, but there’ll be plenty of great music (and a few Powerpoints, we daresay) until then.

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