BC Community Band to perform April 17

BC Community Band to perform April 17

Wed Apr 13, 2016

The Brazosport College Department of Music will present a spring concert featuring the College and Community Band at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at The Clarion at Brazosport College.

The band will be under the direction of Richard Birk and the performance is free.

“Sunday’s concert will include music from various countries, Argentina to England to America, spanning a wide variety of styles from marches to tango to ballet, and composers ranging from Copland to Vaughan Williams to Mancini,” Birk said. “We think there will be something for everyone and it should be great fun for all. We do hope the community will come out for a great afternoon of music.”

Selections scheduled to be performed by the Community Band on April 17 include:

“A Festival Prelude” — a thrilling concert opener by Alfred Reed.

“Falling Leaves” — John Fannin was inspired to compose this lush ballad by “a beautiful fall day when the leaves were turning color and falling from the trees.”

“El Choclo” — a famous Argentinian tango scored for concert band by Robert Longfield.

“Jehovah Rapha” — a world premiere of a rousing march composed by Brazosport College Community Band member George St. George.

“El Palomino Noble” — an exciting paso doble march by Maryland-based instrumental music teacher Joseph Compello.

“Excerpts from Appalachian Spring” — one of Aaron Copland’s most famous ballets adapted for concert band.

“Folk Songs from the Eastern Counties” — a setting of three folk songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, originally written for voice and piano and published in 1908 in “Folk Songs of England.”

“Pie in the Face Polka” — a rollicking polka written by Henry Mancini for the movie “The Great Race” and featuring community band clarinetists Linda Crummel and Joe Tichacek.

For more information about the April 17 Community Band concert, call (979) 230-3658.