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"Below the Ground & Beyond the Stars" Concert: A Musical Aventure for All Ages


April 28, 2016
Thursday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Community Concert Band directed by Roy McPherson, will perform "Below the Ground & Beyond the Stars" concert featuring many young performers, this Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 PM in the Ketchikan High School Auditorium. While the program will be of particular interest to young folks, the music should be appealing to adults as well.

Kayhi trombonist, Amber Junker

There will be an instrument “Petting Zoo” in the quad area before the performance begins. The program itself will begin with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man’ which is often played at presidential inauguration ceremonies. “Stardance” follows with many of the band members spread throughout the audience.

Jim Alguire will narrate the always popular “Peter and the Wolf”, and following is Roger Cichy’s “Bugs”. This work varies from beautiful to scary as it puts forth representations of butterflies, praying mantis, the black widow spider and army ants. A special “marching machine” was built by band percussionists especially for this piece.

Kayhi senior, Amber Junker, will be featured as trombone soloist on Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Concerto for Trombone”. “Baba Yetu” is a Swahili adaptation of “The Lord’s Prayer”, and also a theme from the video game “Civilization IV”. The “Pines of the Appian Way” from Respighi’s “Pines of Rome”, was composed to paint a musical picture of this famous route into the city of Rome. Roman legions, returning after many years away from home, are heard early in the morning in the far distance. The music grows in intensity and volume as the soldiers approach the city.

Twenty young musicians from Schoenbar Middle School will join the band for a performance of the high-energy piece entitled “The Phantom Herd”. Next up, “The Stars and Stripes Forever”, official march of the United States by John Philip Sousa, will be conducted by six-year old, Addie Epler.

The final work selected for the performance is John Williams’ new arrangement of “Star Wars, The Force Awakens”. A top-secret “encore” piece may be also in the works.

In addition, at the close of the concert, young people will be invited up to the stage to get a closer look at the percussion instruments and perhaps to test-drive a few of them.

The doors open at 2:30, and the first 100 children to arrive will receive a free box of crayons that they can use to decorate their kid-friendly, activity-based concert program.

Tickets are available at McPherson Music, The Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Council, from any KCCB band member, and at the door.

Young persons under 18 enjoy free admittance.



Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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