Veterans Day concert features major commission by NWSA composer

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Dr. Ferninando DeSenaThe Miami Wind Symphony presents “A Soldier’s Story,” a patriotic extravaganza to commemorate Veterans Day. Leading off the concert, Rodester Brandon conducts Miami Wind Symphony in A Vietnam War Suite, a new work with multimedia by adjunct music faculty member at New World School of the Arts – composer Dr. Ferdinando DeSena.
The Veterans Day Concert at 4:00 pm on Sunday November 9, 2014; Wertheim Concert Hall, Florida InternationalUniversity, SW 8th Street campus. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15student, and are available at, or at the door.
Guitarist Jose Adan, a Vietnam veteran and featured soloist, envisioned a work that would represent his experience of war. He asked Dr. DeSena – a Vietnam War resistor, to write it. A Vietnam War Suite attempts an emotional expression of a soldiers experience and the conflicting passions of opposition to the war, with 21st Century perspective on the event that shaped a generation. Guitarist Federico Bonacossa is also featured.

Rodester Brandon, chair of the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus Music Department explains,  “The realizationand presentation of an important new work of this scope by Adan, DeSena, Bonacossa, all Miami Dade College faculty, New World School of the Arts music faculty, and Miami Wind Symphony and Miami Dade College’s own Civic Choral of Greater Miami, is a milestone for the College’s music programs. It demonstrates the depth of our artistry, our vitality and our considerable contribution to the musical life in Miami.”

The Civic Chorale of Greater Miami, directed by Ken Boos, will be a major force in the presentation of other works on the program. These include America the Beautiful, with narrator, the Agnus Dei from composer Karl Jenkins’ Mass “The Armed Man,” and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The concert concludes with the rousing Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture, complete with cannons, choirs and extended orchestral forces.
Ferdinando DeSena teaches composition and music technology at New World School of the Arts. His music has been performed throughout the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Argentina, Italy, Scotland, and Ireland.  Dr. DeSena’s work has also been performed at international, national, and regional conferences of the College Music Society, the Society of Composers, the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, and the International Double Reed Society. Dr. DeSena earned a BA 1987 in Music and Computer Science from Ithaca College and an MM in Electronic Music 1989 as well as a DMA in Composition 1994 from the University of Miami. His music has been published by St Francis Music Publications and Ferdinando DeSena Music (
New World School of the Arts is Miami’s premiere eight-year arts conservatory. Music students receive one-on-one instruction from accomplished musicians and grow through disciplined guidance and training as they develop their personal style and repertoire. Through its educational partnerships, NWSA’s audition-based programs, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, offer the high school diploma as well as the BFA and BM college degrees. Areas of concentration in Music include: composition, performance, instrumental, piano, strings and voice.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.