Concord Band Fall Concert "By Request"
October 26, 2013
Tuba Capriccio Featured at Concord Band Fall Concert
The Concord Band is pleased to present its own tuba player Chi-Sun Chan as the featured soloist at its October 26 Fall Concert, By Request. Dr. Chan, a member of the Band since 2009, has been music director/conductor of the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA) Chinese Music Ensemble since 2002.
Dr. Chan has chosen Capriccio for Tuba and Band by contemporary British composer Rodney Newton, who has scored music for British films and TV, and was Music Consultant to the London Film School for 21 years. In the Capriccio, Newton intertwines extremely fast percussive sections with flowing melodies. Originally written for British tubist James Gourlay in 2002 in both brass and wind band versions, the piece has become a worldwide favorite for soloists and bands. Several short cadenzas are neatly woven into the structure to effectively create a one movement tuba concerto.
For the Fall Concert, Concord Band Music Director James O’Dell has chosen Quartets, a recently-published piece by University of Rhode Island professor and Concord Band favorite Roger Cichy, who described Quartets as “a unique work exposing a multitude of quartets that exist within the full ensemble.” Containing twenty “quartet” moments, the piece exploits the instrumental timbres of traditional quartets, which weave a musical tapestry. O’Dell says the work “really begins to cook and features jazzy rhythmic grooves contrasted with beautiful soaring lyricism and sonorities.” Previously, Roger Cichy composed Flowing Pens From Concord on commission from the Concord Band for its 50th anniversary in 2009.
The contemporary American choral composer and Grammy nominated “virtual choir” innovator Eric Whitacre composed the lush and pastoral October in 2000 for Brian Anderson and the Nebraska Wind Consortium, comprised of more than twenty-five high school, college, and university wind ensembles throughout the midwestern U.S. Whitacre, whose favorite month is October, attempted to capture the essence and mood of a crisp October day. Whitacre said the piece describes the beautifully natural harmonic language and flavor of the changing season, and that “I feel there just isn’t enough lush, beautiful music written for winds.” No wonder that October has become a favorite of bands everywhere.
Contrasting sharply in tone and style with October is Johan de Meij’s Gandalf, the first movement of his very successful first composition for band Symphony #1,The Lord of the Rings. The Gandalf theme introduced in this movement reappears throughout the five-movement symphony. An allegro vivace section aptly captures a vivacious ride on Gandalf’s horse, Shadowfax. De Meij’s The Lord of the Rings was featured at a 25th anniversary concert earlier this year in The Netherlands with the composer conducting. The symphony was so successful that De Meij did a transcription for full orchestra that premiered in 2001. Although de Meij is still a prolific and often-played band composer, The Lord of the Rings remains his most popular work. Jim O’Dell expects to program the full 45 minute symphony for the Concord Band at some future concert.
The Concord Band’s Fall Concert also includes An Original Suite written in 1928 by British composer Gordon Jacob; Symphonic Dance #3 (Fiesta), rescored by American composer Clifton Williams in 1967 from his own orchestral work about the Mexican influence in San Antonio, TX; former Marine Band arranger Robert Jager’s Esprit de Corps, a lively 1985 fantasy on the Marines’ Hymn; and John Philip Sousa’s march that features a harp, triangle, and tambourine, The Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. It was written in 1923 for the international Shriners’ convention and recreates the Turkish-style music of Shriner bands, which Sousa himself conducted at the time, 6200-musicians strong.