The Symphonic Band will begin with “Hypnotic Memories” by Rossano Galante, which features a repeating rhythm in a meter of seven creating a trance-like effect to lead the audience into a world of daydreams and fantasy visions. “Dance of the Imp” by David Samuel provides a vision of a playful, mischievous imp on a starry night dancing around a fire.
The British folk song “O Waly, Waly,” known to many as “The Water is Wide,” is recast by Carol Brittin Chambers into “Where the Waters Meet,” to capture a vision of nature where forests, rivers and creeks meet in a serene setting. This peaceful selection is then contrasted with the exciting “Havana Nights” by Randall Standridge, inspired by Cuban music to create an invigorating and exotic celebration of nightlife that might be experienced by travelers to Havana.
The audience will then be transported back in time to the golden age of bands with the march “Our Director” composed in 1892 by F.E. Bigelow. “Angels in the Architecture” by Frank Ticheli is a significant work with multiple layers of interest for the performers and audience alike. The piece’s title is inspired by the Sydney Opera House, with its halo-shaped acoustical ornaments. The music depicts a dramatic conflict between the two extremes of human existence – one divine, the other evil.
The concert will close with Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Bacchanale,” written for a ballet scene in the opera “Samson and Delilah” depicting a surreal pagan ceremony.