Elkhart Municipal Band Free Winter Concert
Sunday, February 23 @ 2:30 pmFree
We open with Robert W. Smith’s fantastic arrangement of, “Soaring With John Williams”. This opener features music from: Superman/Cadillac of the Skies/ and the Main Title theme from Star Wars!
Next, we slow things down for a beautiful piece written by Morten Lauridsen he titles, “O Magnum Mysterium”. Transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds, Mr. Lauridsen was inspired by a painting he believes depicts the Virgin Mary, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The next piece is our first march on our program. Russell Alexander was a famous Euphonium player and Actor who was born in 1877. Best known for his Circus marches, our director has programmed one of his favorites Alexander titles, “The Olympic hippodrome March”. You’ll think you’re at the circus when you hear this!
Our featured, historic composition follows: “Beowulf” An heroic Trilogy for Symphonic Band written by W. Francis McBeth will be conducted by our excellent Associate Director, Mr. Steve Allen. McBeth conducted this work when it debuted in 1984. The descriptive work is based on three statements from the epic poem, BEOWULF. This is one of Steve’s favorite pieces, and, after you hear this, it just might become one of your favorites, too!
Our conductor takes a break from the concert theme to program a new arrangement by Carl Strommen. “American Fiddle Tune Variations” uses the well known folk song, “Turkey in the Straw” which shows off the technique of several sections of our band!
The concert theme resumes with the great music of Aaron Copland. Robert Longfield has created an excellent piece using excerpts from Copland’s masterwork, “Appalachian Spring”!
“El Relicario” is in the paso doble form which is a Spanish dance made popular in the 1920’s. This piece is one of the most famous Paso Dobles that Jose Padilla composed.
Percy Grainger’s “Children’s March” (Over the Hills and Far Away) is next. We will perform a revised version of this work by Frank Erickson.
We close this concert with the theme from the Western picture, “Silverado”. Bruce Broughton composed this music which makes a marvelous movie soundtrack for this popular movie!
As usual, this concert (sponsored by the Mayor and the Elkhart City Council) is FREE! Don’t miss this program of favorites performed by your Elkhart Municipal Band!
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