The Elmhurst College Symphonic Band and Elmhurst College Wind Ensemble will present their annual Winter Concert on Sunday, March 12, featuring performances in a variety of musical styles.
The bands will perform at 3:00 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, on the Elmhurst College campus. Admission is free and the public is invited.
The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Ross Kellan, will open the program with “A Prelude to the Shining Day” by Japanese composer Yo Goto. A musical portrait of the wizard “Gandalf” comes next, from the first movement of Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 1 – “The Lord of the Rings.” Sousa’s famous march “Glory of the Yankee Navy” will be followed by the music of British composer Philip Sparke with his “Fanfare, Romance and Finale.” The Symphonic Band will conclude its portion of the program with the exciting “Dance of the Jesters” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
The Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Hile, will open its program with the power of the brass section performing “Fanfare for the Vienna Phiharmonic,” by Richard Strauss. The full Wind Ensemble then will be on stage to perform the second movement of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah,” entitled “Profanation.” The symphony is based on the biblical story of Jeremiah, a prophet who warned his people of the coming destruction of Jerusalem.
The Wind Ensemble also will perform Aaron Copland’s landmark composition, “Appalachian Spring.” David Maslanka is a living American composer and his Symphony No. 2, which premiered in 1987, is one of the landmark compositions in his development as a composer and in the wind band medium. The Wind Ensemble will conclude with the finale movement from the symphony.