Ketchikan Community Concert Band Festive Holiday Concert
November 28, 2012
Michael Valenti's "Carolina Seasons" follows "Alaska's Flag", which is played at every concert to honor our great state. "Tonadillas Suite" by Enrique Granados consists of three short movements representing stories of men and women of Madrid. "Let the Amen Sound" was commissioned by the Northshore Concert Band in Illinois, one of the oldest and most highly-respected community bands in this country. It will be recognizable to most, as the work is based on the chorale "Praise to the Lord". Gary Parks has arranged "Sing We Now of Christmas", "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen", "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Deck the Halls" into a medley entitled "Yuletide Tapestry".
The KCCB woodwind section will be featured in the cradle song entitled "Berceuse", a gentle lullaby. Clifton Williams' composition "Killian", a concert march, was written for the Killian High School Band in Miami, in 1968.
"Stardance", composed by the prolific composer Michael Sweeney, opens with band members placed around the auditorium performing prescribed notes and phrases, but in a random fashion. The audience is immersed in an otherworldly "stardance" of sounds and moods. "Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians", arranged by Robert W. Smith, is a compilation of folk songs gathered from 1916-1918 by Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles.
Concluding the concert will be Alfred Reed's "Russian Christmas Music", an adaptation of "Carol of the Russian Children" combined with material and elements derived from the liturgical music of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The expressive contrasts range from quietly serene to gloriously powerful.
Tickets are available at McPherson Music, Parnassus, and the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities office. Youth under the age of 18 are free, and adult tickets are $10.00 each.