Symphonic Band ConcertMay 4, 2013, 7:30 PM
McCready Hall (Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center) - 2014 Cedar Street
Pacific University's Music Department presents its Spring Symphonic Band Concert.
The Pacific University Symphonic Band presents its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 in McCready Hall (Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center - 2014 Cedar Street, Forest Grove).
The concert features both traditional and new band music, says Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses, director of bands at Pacific.
Sousa’s famous march, “Hands Across the Sea,” opens the program.
Next is a cornerstone work for band, Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in Eb.”
"When Holst wrote the suite, most of the significant music for band was transcribed from the orchestra’s repertoire," Burch-Pesses notes. "With the First Suite, Holst proved that original music for band could be as beautiful and important as that for the orchestra. In fact, the First Suite is one of the first band originals that was later transcribed for orchestra!"
George Bizet’s “Farandole” from the famous play “L’Arliesenne” (The Girl from Arles) will follow. The play was immensely popular, and the lively and tuneful “Farandole very likely contributed to the play’s success, Burch-Pesses added.
Following the “Farandole,” the band will proudly present the northwest premiere of “This World Alive,” a newly commissioned work that serves as the soundtrack to a 15-minute film about the work of famed photographer Ansel Adams.
"The music and film work together beautifully to showcase the artistry and craftsmanship of this incomparable photographer and environmentalist," says Burch-Pesses.
The band will also perform the majestic and exciting “Prelude and Fugue: The Spitfire” by British composer Sir William Walton.
Walton wrote this music for a British World War II movie about the making of the Spitfire fighter plane. It opens with a spirited march that is considered by many to be Walton’s finest writing, and continues with a fugue that describes the making of the Spitfire. The march then joins with the fugue to mark the completion of the fighter aircraft.
To close the performance, the band will present another cornerstone in band literature. In the 1960s, the Ford Foundation placed a handful of promising composers in American high schools so they could write challenging music for young bands.
One of those composers was John Barnes Chance, whose “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” has become a staple of band music. Based on the folk song “Arirang,” the theme and variations are masterfully crafted to include temple blocks, gong, triangle, drums, and timpani.
General admission is $7, and $5 for senior citizens 65 and better. Pacific faculty and staff are admitted for $5, and students are admitted free of charge with valid I.D.
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