The Dallas Wind Symphony conducted by Jerry Junkin will be performing Nigel Wood's Where Spirits and Demons Dance in New Orleans organised by the International Clarinet Association.
The clarinet section of the Dallas Wind Symphony requested a special arrangement for them to play at this annual major clarinet event. It was originally written for saxophone choir. The inspiration for Where Spirits and Demons Dance came from the haunting and almost sinister sounds of an old barrel-organ heard in the Bohemian heart of Amsterdam. The homogenous timbres in the piece suggest the organ’s reedy pipes. The picture of Amsterdam's street life portrayed here is one of conflict between its superficial charm and the sleazier undertones of the environment. Perhaps the same can be said for the city of New Orleans with its tale of voodoo and its haunting night time charm of the French Quarter.
Dallas Wind Symphony is one of the leading professional wind bands in the United States today and makes its home in the prestigious concert hall, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas.