The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. John O’Neal, will open the concert with a varied program, including Sammy Nestico’s Basie Straight Ahead and John LaBarbera’s hard rocking Sassy Strut. Also featured will be brand new compositions from one of our nation’s premiere military jazz ensembles, The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army. Several works from their “Perspectives” initiative will be presented, including Vince Norman’s A New Standard and his tribute to cartoonist Charles Schulz, Goodbye Mr. Schulz.
The Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Mark Walters, will perform some original works along with an exquisite orchestral transcription. They’ll begin with Richard Saucedo’s light overture Whirlwinds followed by Frank Ticheli’s moving work Sanctuary featuring horn, clarinet, and flute solos. Percy Grainger’s Children’s March is hardly a march in the traditional sense. Based on a very childlike melody, “Over the Hills and Far Away”, Grainger transforms this melody through many stages of this complex work. American composer, Julie Giroux takes us to the edges of humanity in the powerful 2011 composition, K2. “The Savage Mountain” is full of themes intended to depict images such as wind, blowing snow, hammering of ice screws and death. Dmitri Shostakovich’s Waltz #2 is an orchestral transcription that has found its way into American pop culture in countless movie scores and television commercials. The symphonic band will conclude the evening’s program with an original classic for band, Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold.
This performance is FREE for current FLC Students but FLC students must secure a ticket. FLC students may present their current College ID at The Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center (802 Main Avenue in downtown Durango). Get your ticket soon!