Maslanka Weekly: Best of the Web – No. 1, Down Under

Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web.


We begin our inaugural week of this series from the land “Down Under.” Watch below as John P. Lynch and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony give a thrilling performance of Symphony No. 8 from May 3, 2018.

The SCM Wind Symphony’s performance of Symphony No. 8 was given as part of an “In Memoriam” concert to honor David’s life and music. This concert was also special in that it was The SCM Wind Symphony’s first international collaboration; the first half of the concert was shared with the Brigham Young University Wind Symphony. The two bands later joined forces for two short works.

According to Dr. Lynch, “We had a marvelous time rehearsing and performing Symphony No. 8. The students and I were moved by the piece as was the audience.”

For more information on the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, please visit their website.

For more information on John P. Lynch, please visit him on Facebook.

Heidelberg Wind Ensemble Concert

This August, The Heidelberg Wind Ensemble will present a concert entitled “Cadenza and Homage,” which will be entirely devoted to David’s music. If you will be in Ivanhoe East, Australia on August 18, 2018, you will not want to miss this performance which will be at St. Georges Anglican Church at 7:30 pm. Among the many pieces that will be presented that evening are Hymn for World Peace and Requiem. Learn more here.

Here are some great performances of these works:


David said that the title of this composition “came from the simple thought that if we want world peace, we can begin as individuals to ask for it. Music making opens hearts and creates peace in individuals and communities.” Watch below as Adrian Schneider and the Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra give a captivating reading of this work from June 10, 2016.



David’s Requiem is a single-movement fantasia written in response to an event of the Holocaust in World War II. David said this work is “Both for the unnamed dead of all wars, and for each person making their own inner step, saying goodbye in order to say hello.” Watch below as Dominic Talanca, a Graduate Conducting Associate from the University of North Texas conducts the North Texas Wind Symphony in a moving rendition of this music.

For more information on the University of North Texas College of Music, please visit their website.