Symphonic Band Concert

May 5, 2012, 7:30 PM
McCready Hall, Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center

Pacific University's Music Department presents its Spring Symphonic Band Concert.

Pacific University's Symphonic Band will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5 in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (2014 Cedar Street, Forest Grove).

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses, the band will perform its most ambitious and fun-filled concert of the year.

In a nod to spring season, the band will open with “The Hounds of Spring” by renowned composer Alfred Reed, followed by the beautiful “Royal Canadian Sketches,” a tone poem describing the beauty of western provinces of Canada.

Graduating senior Liane Harada will be featured in the first movement of the famous Haydn “Trumpet Concerto in Bb.” The first half of the program will conclude with “Symphonic Overture,” a tour de force written in 1992 by James Barnes to celebrate the U.S. Air Force Band’s 50th anniversary.

"We are delighted to perform this sparkling work on its twentieth birthday," Burch-Pesses said.

Following intermission, the concert will feature a first-time endeavor for the Symphonic Band, as the Portland jazz trio “Tall Jazz” will join the band to perform the “Concerto for Jazz Piano Trio and Wind Ensemble” by John Moody.

This three-movement work celebrates the legacy of jazz pianist Bill Evans, and features improvised solos by the pianist, backed up by the entire band.

The movements are entitled, “The Open Road,” “For Bill Evans,” and “Restless Energy.” Concertgoers will be thrilled by the virtuosity of “Tall Jazz,” and the Concerto itself is an incomparable piece of music, Burch-Pesses added.

General admission is $7. Senior citizens age 65 and greater, and Pacific students, faculty and staff are admitted for $5.

Tickets may be purchased on site or in advance by calling (503) 352-2918.

Posted by Helen Bair ( on Jan 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Edited by Joe Lang ( on May 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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