SCSU band director to conduct Tokyo wind ensemble

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Band Director Richard Hansen gives a conducting lesson to Yuichi Ura, Hiroshima, Japan, during a visit to SCSU

For the second time, Professor Richard K. Hansen has been named a principal conductor for the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble of Tokyo, Japan. He will conduct the ensemble May 1 through July 20.

With 4,000 students, the celebrated ensemble is part of the world’s largest school of music. While with the select ensemble, Hansen will conduct a concert in the Tokyo Opera City Hall and a recording session.

Hansen is director of bands at SCSU, where he also teaches courses in conducting, the history of wind band literature and American music. Hansen has written a cultural history of the wind band, conducted university and honor bands in Denmark, Norway, Japan, Mexico and Russia, commissioned and conducted premieres of more than 30 works for wind band and conducted the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble in 2001.

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