Concert Features Royalty-Themed Music
The Moore County Concert Band will present the second concert of the 2006-2007 concert season on Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Carolina Hotel.
Musical Director David Seiberling has selected music based on the theme "Kings, Queens and Other Royalty."
Three compositions by the "March King," John Phillip Sousa, will be played: marches, "Nobles of the Mystic Shrine" and "King Cotton," and a polonaise, "Presidential Polonaise."
Composer Karl King joined the circus at the age of 19, and played trombone in a circus band. He later joined Buffalo Bill's show and Barnum and Bailey Circus, playing and composing circus music. In his lifetime, he composed more than 280 pieces and became known as the "King of Circus Music."
The band will feature the trombone section in Karl King's composition, "Trombone King."
Operas provide a wonderful source of great music involving royalty. The band will be doing a Canadian Brass arrangement of the George F. Handel sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from his opera, "Solomon."
"Procession of the Nobles" from Nicholas Rimsky-Korsak-off's opera, "Mlada," will be performed. It features a virtuoso trumpet line with low brass and woodwind foundation. The piece should be recognizable by the majority of the audience. On the other hand, the opera was a total failure and rarely performed after its opening performance in 1902.
The band enjoys playing waltzes, and the Strauss family have written a great many of them. For this concert the band will perform "Kunstler Leben" ("Artists Life") by "The Waltz King," Johann Strauss the Younger.
As usual Broadway is recognized in the concert. Selections from Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" should provide a treat.
The band will also perform one piece, Johann Sebastian Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze," which has absolutely nothing to do with kings, queens or royalty.
"It is on the program because the Moore County Concert Band's 'King' David Seiberling loves it," says a spokesman.
Admission to the concert is free. The band is always looking for additional musicians.
"If you play or have played an instrument and would like to join the band, please call 295-9023 for additional information," says the spokesman.
The band's third concert will be Sunday, May 27, at 2 p.m. in the Carolina Hotel's Grand Ballroom.
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