The Northshore Concert Band continues its 61st season with Giving Voice to the Silenced.
This powerful musical program tells a story of vitality, loss, contemplation and possibility. The music of Jacques Press, Jack Stamp, John Williams, Francis McBeth, David Maslanka and Gustav Holst is combined to create a program that honors Holocaust Remembrance Day and Earth Day.
Highlights include a specially constructed and memorable “Remembrance Suite” that includes John Williams’ dramatic Theme from Schindler’s List, Jack Stamps’ Scenes from Terezin which is based on the poems of Ava Scholsova and Fronta Bas, both of whom died in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and Francis McBeths’ beautiful and intense Kaddish.
Also included is Lawrence Siegels’ Kaddish Suite which honors the survivors of the Holocaust and rejoices in their spirit. The Houston Examiner describes Kaddish Suite as a “Sweet, shocking, melancholy, uplifting, horrific, and finally, powerfully triumphant.”
The program also features two works by acclaimed American composer David Maslanka. One of his works, California, premiered February 13, 2016 by the California All-State Wind Symphony and was conducted by Northshore Concert Band Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Mallory Thompson. In his description of California Maslanka says, “Music lets us dream, and in that dream is the possibility of a new world, one in which humans live in harmony, within themselves, with all other people, with all other species, with the planet…our dreams start somewhere, let our music making be that place.”
Maslankas’ A Child’s Garden of Dreams was commissioned by and dedicated to Northshore Concert Band founder John P. Paynter, his wife Marietta Paynter and the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Composed in the summer of 1981, it premiered on February 26, 1982 by the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by John P. Paynter. Northshore Concert Band will perform A Child’s Garden of Dreams at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University in Evanston where it was first performed 35 years ago.
The Northshore Concert Band performs the third concert of its 61st season on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University; 50 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston, Illinois. Conducted by Artistic Director Mallory Thompson, the program is entitled Giving Voice to the Silenced.
Program highlights will include:
• Wedding Dance – Jacques Press/arr. Herbert Johnston/ed. Frederick Fennell
• A specially constructed “Remembrance Suite” including
– Scenes from Terezin – Jack Stamp – Theme from Schindler’s List – John Williams
– Kaddish Suite – Lawrence Siegel – Kaddish – Francis McBeth
• California – David Maslanka
• A Child’s Garden of Dreams – David Maslanka
• Jupiter – Gustav Holst/arr. Clark McAlister/ed. Alfred Reed
Individual concert tickets are $20 each, seniors $15, students/children $10.
Tickets are available in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert.