Thursday, November 24, 2011

SUNY Orange: 'Symphonic Band to Hold Holiday Concert Dec. 10' at Paramount Theatre

[Kevin Scott, conductor, SUNY Orange Symphonic Band]

Kevin Scott is conductor of the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band. He sends news of the ensemble's Holiday Concert for 2011:

“Hello, folks! If you were able to make my last concert, great! And if not, we have another one geared for the holiday season.

“So...if you want to come up to Middletown on December 10th, the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band is going to offer some wonderful seasonal selections, as well as some very interesting pieces. Beacon-based composer Joseph Bertolozzi, renowned for his best-selling CD Bridge Music, will be represented by Trances & Visions, a sublime meditation for horn and concert band, with Christine Sacchi, the band's principal horn, as soloist.

“Also on the roster is Robert Longfield's retelling of the origins of Longfellow's poem The Bells of Christmas, narrated by Frances Backofen, who has been a member of the band since 2006. Our performance of this work will be dedicated to the memory of her husband George, who performed it with me back in December of 2006.”

“The program will also include the following: Larry Clark’s symphonic selections of Albert Hague and Eugene Poddany’s music from the classic 1966 TV cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”; Alfred Reed’s arrangement of the English folksong “Greensleeves”; Larry Kerchner’s adaptation of Michael Praetorius’ “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”; Tom Wallace’s orchestration of John Jacob Niles’s “I Wonder as I Wander”; the spiritual “Go Tell It On the Mountain” in a stirring arrangement by Jay Dawson; and additional selections by Hawley Ades, Steve Knight and Hugh M. Stuart.”

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