What better way to start the New Year than with a “blank slate”? Dr. Ed Powell assembled this program to renew your spirit while highlighting the many musical talents of the Eastside’s premier wind ensemble. The band will perform a dramatic variety of distinctive works, including:
* “Shortcut Home”—Interweaving a variety of musical styles along the way, composer Dana Wilson’s jazzy shortcut eventually leads us to its final “home” on a C major chord.
* “Watchman, Tell Us of the Night”— Based on the hymn, “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”, Mark Camphouse penned this thoughtful and powerful tone poem as a tribute to the survivors of child abuse.
* “Machine” (Finale from the “Fifth Symphony”)—An American composer who studied at the University of Washington, William Bolcom uses edgy, metallic sounds to evoke an inanimate machine in this hard-charging, sometimes frenetic work.
* “Wedding Dance”—Russian Jacques Press composed this lively horah (a traditional Jewish circle dance) as part of “Hesseneh,” his symphonic suite for orchestra. Its inviting pulse and infectious energy will leave you searching for the nearest dance floor.
* “Ave Maria”—Written by Franz Biebl and originally scored for male voice and then choir, Robert Cameron arranged this hauntingly beautiful piece for band.
* “Firefly”—Inspired to write this piece while watching his four-year old daughter chasing a firefly, composer Ryan George deftly ignites our imaginations by creating delightful musical analogies of birds, waterfalls and insects.
* “Overture to the Cowboys”—Beloved American composer John Williams takes us on a ride across the open range via a strong, Western theme in this playful film score from the 1972 movie, The Cowboys.
So be sure to add the last Sunday in January to your musical slate and join us for an extraordinary afternoon of exhilarating music!