Oregon Symphonic Band Concert

Jan 27, 2013, 3:00 PM
Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (McCready Hall) - Forest Grove [2014 Cedar Street]

Under the direction of Pacific University's Michael Burch-Pesses, the Oregon Symphonic Band presents "Not Your Same Old Song and Dance!" Pacific students admitted free with valid I.D. General admission $10, $5 for senior citizens 65 and greater.


The Oregon Symphonic Band will perform at Pacific University on Sunday, Jan. 27 in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (2014 Cedar Street). 

The concert, "Not the Same Old Song and Dance!", begins at 3 p.m. and primarily features songs that have not previously been performed by the band. 

"It's quite an exciting program that we're sure music enthusiasts will greatly enjoy," band director Michael Burch-Pesses, D.M.A., said. 

Burch-Pesses also serves as a professor of music and director of bands at Pacific University. 

Concert offerings include John Philip Sousa's "The Washington Post," Frank Ticheli's "San Antonio Dances" and "Rest," "The Carnival of Venice" performed by soloist Fred Sautter, Percy Grainger's "Colonial Song," "Kokopelli's Dance" by Tanouye, Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Jesters," and culminating with Arturo Marquez' composition "Danzon No. 2." 

"The Washington Post" encourages a new dance known as the "two-step." Following the energy from that number, "San Antonio Dances" presents a serene movement depicting the welcome shade from the hot Texas sun, and a second, more lighthearted movement celebrating the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. 

The "Carnival of Venice” is one of the most well-known and popular trumpet solos in history, Burch-Pesses said. 

Sautter, a virtuoso musician and former solo trumpeter of the Oregon Symphony, will perform his own arrangement of the famous carnival, demonstrating his complete command of the instrument. 

"This will be a performance not to be missed," Burch-Pesses added. 

Tchailovsky’s “Dance of the Jesters” is a rollicking affair that captures all the color and zest of Russian folk music.  

Ticheli's “Rest” is the band version of his choral work based on the Sara Teasdale poem, "There Will Be Rest." The music is fragile and delicate, yet contains a huge climax on the main theme. 

The Danzon has its origins in Cuba, but is an important part of the folklore of the Mexican state of Veracruz. 

"It’s a great way to end the concert, and we’re sure attendees will leave humming the music to themselves," Burch-Pesses said. 

General admission is $10 and available at the door. Senior citizens 65 and greater are admitted for $5, and Pacific University students are admitted free with valid I.D.


Posted by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Jan 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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