Oregon Symphonic Band to perform special concert in honor of veterans on Thursday, Nov. 10

Conducted by Pacific music professor and director of bands, Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses



The award-winning Oregon Symphonic Band will perform a special concert at Pacific University on Thursday, Nov. 10, in honor of U.S. military veterans.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (2014 Cedar St.).

General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youths age 17 and under and senior citizens age 65 and older. Pacific University students will be admitted free with valid identification. Tickets for this performance are only available at the door.

The concert will include the world premiere of Bridge of the Gods, commissioned by the Oregon Symphonic Band to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The three-movement work by American composer James Curnow is a musical description of the Klikitat legend that tells how Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens formed.

The otherwise Veterans Day-themed concert will also feature Samuel Barber’s World War II piece Commando March; Victory at Sea by Robert Russell Bennett; After the Thunder, composed by Ira Hearshen, based on a John Philip Sousa march; the dramatic Lincoln Portrait, which incorporates the words of President Lincoln; music by George M. Cohan; and pieces from Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil.

Pacific music professor and director of bands Michael Burch-Pesses is the conductor of the Oregon Symphonic Band. Prior to joining Pacific’s faculty in 1995, Burch-Pesses served 33 years in the U.S. Navy. During his military career, he rose from French horn player to senior bandmaster, head of the Navy music program and teacher at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

For more information, please call (503) 352-2897.


Posted by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Oct 31, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen (haug7381@pacificu.edu) on May 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM

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