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Oboe (Optional)

Clarinet in B♭ 1 - 2

Bass Clarinet in B♭ 

Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone 

Trumpet in B♭
Horn in F

Trombone 1 - 2

Euphonium / Bassoon 


Double Bass

Percussion 1 - 3


Program notes


I am so grateful to live in an exceptionally beautiful part of Canada. Are there mountains? No. Oceans? Not at all. But, like a canopy over this great land, there is the biggest sky you’ve ever seen. It is unimpeded and omni- present; everywhere you look, there is sky.


When the sun sets in the Canadian prairies, the sky transforms a multi-faceted canvas of lush pinks, radiant oranges, and pensive purples, and it is everywhere. Surrounding us, the sky slowly transforms from day to night, and not just from light to dark; but rather, taking the long way round through all kinds of rich hues and shades. It is a spectacle and it happens every single day.


This music depicts the slow changing colours in a sprawling prairie sky.

Prairie Sunset by Keneley Kristofferson (Canada)

  • Composer

    Kenley Kristofferson is a composer for concert band, concert choir, symphony orchestra and video games. Growing up as a euphonium player in Gimli, Manitoba, he later went on to complete his B. Mus and B. Ed degrees from the University of Manitoba and became one of the music teachers at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School in Selkirk, MB. In 2019, he completed his Master of Music in Composition from Brandon University, studying under Dr. T. Patrick Carrabré.


    His work The Meeting Place won the 2016 Canadian Band Association Composition Competition (now the Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition). His music has been recorded by the Arizona State University Wind Orchestra, Barrett Choir, and Choral Union, the University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble, the Cleveland Winds, the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble, and the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble.


    He has written commercial work for video game franchises such as Betty Boop, Disney’s DuckTales, KRE-O and Warhammer 40,000. The score for his short film on the early life of astronomer Carl Sagan, Star Stuff, was nominated for Best Original Score in the “Short” category in the 2016 International Sound and Film Music Festival in Croatia.


    He currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


    Learn more about Keneley Kristofferson

  • Grade

    1 - 2

  • Duration


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