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Hiroshima Wind Orchestra
Premier Performance - Symphony No. 3 (The Grandeur of God) - Robert Jager

Featured Performance - December 17, 2020
The 2020 Midwest Clinic - Staying Connected


The Hiroshima Wind Orchestra (HWO) was formed in 1993 by professional musicians wishing to share the splendor of wind music and promote a message of world peace through wind band performance. HWO performed its first regular concert in October of the same year. Since then, HWO has held two regular concerts annually and expanded its outreach with increased school and public presentations. The orchestra also honors performance requests throughout Hiroshima Prefecture and beyond. The 11th regular concert in 1999 was performed as part of the "August in Hiroshima" World Music Festival. In 2003, HWO released "The Hounds of Spring", the first CD in its Band Classics Library (Brain Music) series. This top-selling collection is still in print, and includes a total of 12 CDs produced through 2009.

During its 20th regular concert, which also marked the orchestra's 10th anniversary, HWO held a UNICEF Charity Event for Refugees. In 2011, Tatsuya Shimono became the orchestra's music director, implementing an ambitious program promoting Japanese band composition and other fine artistic repertoire. "Symphony for Wind Orchestra / Bin Kaneda", Mr. Shimono's inaugural CD with HWO, garnered attention as a "Special Selection" by The Record Geijutsu magazine, and won the Ongaku No Tomo Sha 49th Record Academy Award for "Wind Music, Special Category".

HWO has also been awarded the "23rd Academy Award, Performance Category" from the Japan Academic Society of Wind Music, the 35th Hiroshima Culture Award, and the 2014 Hiroshima Citizens' Award. With its graceful, beautiful sound, and challenging program, Hiroshima Wind Orchestra has garnered attention from a variety of arts quarters. We will continue to take great strides to exceed the presumed expectations of a wind orchestra, leading our audiences to discover and experience exciting new possibilities.