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Ketchikan Community Concert Band's Spring Concert, April 28th


April 24, 2013
Wednesday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Community Concert Band, directed by Roy McPherson will present their spring concert at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 28th at the Ketchikan High School Auditorium.

The concert will open with "Alaska's Flag" to honor our great state. Sergei Prokofieff's "March, Op. 99" concert march was introduced in America in 1945 by Boston Symphony conductor, Sergei Koussevitsky. Girolamo Frescobaldi was the most eminent organist of the early 17th century, and his. "Toccata" was originally written for organ and transcribed for band in 1956.

The lyrical "Loch Lomond" arranged by Frank Ticheli, tells the story of  two soldiers who were imprisoned within England's Carlisle Castle. This piece was commissioned by the Stewarton Academy Senior Wind Ensemble, who premiered the work in Glasgow in 2002.

"To Be Fed By Ravens" by W. Francis McBeth starts out with a melancholy elegy and the second movement contains references to the "Texas Ranger Song", the "Mexican DeGuella" and "Green Grow the Lilacs". The title is taken from the book of I Kings: "...thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee - and the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook." Local artist, Evon Zerbetz has graciously allowed the use of her "Raven Talk" linocut from the new edition of the beloved children's classic Lucky Hares and Itchy Bears for the Ketchikan Community Concert Band's programs and posters.

The "Scattered Sunshine Trombone Choir" a group of eight local musicians, is featured next on "I Meant To Say Goodbye", a ballad for trombone quartet by Frank Darmiento. Next is the "P-Bone Ensemble" a rainbow of colored plastic trombones with wind supplied by youth musicians and KCCB members alike. They will perform "Spooky", made popular by the "Classics IV", with improvised solos by Kinani Halvorsen (blue) and Amber Junker (purple). Directed by Anna Shaffer, the KCCB Percussion Ensemble will perform "I Cannot Sleep". The ensemble has been keeping this piece a secret from the rest of the band, so be prepared to have some fun!

Aaron Copland's composition, "An Outdoor Overture, was originally composed for orchestra, but Copland himself transcribed it for concert band several years later. The single-movement overture was intended to be "optimistic" and "youthful in spirit".The Cervanates classic, "Don Quixote" was fashioned into one of the most successful musical plays of all time by composer Mitch Leigh.The adaptation of "Man of La Mancha" was adapted for concert band by Frank Erickson in 1967. "God of Our Fathers Whose Almighty Hand" was written by Daniel Roberts in 1876 for a celebration of the centennial Fourth of July, in Brandon, Vermont.

Claude T. Smith has called his arrangement simply, "God of Our Fathers". John Williams, prolific composer and conductor, is honored in the John Higgins arrangement entitled "John Williams:Evening at the Pops". The medley includes "We're Looking Good", "The Cowboys", "Dance of the Witches" and "Olympic Fanfare and Theme".

Tickets for the concert are available at McPherson Music, Parnassus, the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities office and at the door. Adult tickets are $10.00  and youth under 18 are free.



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