Read below for the conclusion of our 3 part series about April 28th’s repertoire from conductor Brian Hughes.
The death of John Barnes Chance–accidentally electrocuted before his 40th birthday–was among the greatest losses to the band world. It seems as though everything he wrote for winds is landmark and possibly none more so than Incantation and Dance, amazingly enough his very first piece for the medium.
Arkansas native Steven Bryant studied with McBeth at Ouachita Baptist University before moving onto the Julliard School. He is part of a growing number of contemporary composers aligning with Hanson’s vision that the wind band medium is probably more viable than the orchestra. First Light, a hauntingly beautiful depiction of the sunrise over an Italian village, is among his most evocative works.
The program also includes the winner of the Charles B. DCamp Scholarship, Caitlin Thom, a student at Pleasant Valley High School. She rose to the top over the largest number of entrants in recent memory and will be presenting the thrilling third movement of Eric Ewazen’s Marimba Concerto.
To close the performance, we come full circle to Francis McBeth’s transcription of Howard Hanson’s famous Symphony No. 2, “Romantic.” This work has become known as the “Interlochen Theme” as it closes all summer concerts at the famed music school.
Join us Sunday, April 28th at 3:00pm at Allaert Hall, Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, and Students high school and under receive FREE admission.