Band Concert Set For Sunday, March 2
The Moore County Concert Band will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in the Grand Ballroom of the Carolina Hotel.
Music Director David Seiberling has selected dance as the theme of the concert. Jason Roland Smith, a member of the faculty in the Ohio University Music School, will be the guest soloist performing on the tuba.
Dance is the wedding of movement and music. It spans culture from soaring ballet leaps to simple swaying at the school prom. There are many types of dance. It can be a popular craze, like break dancing, or ballets that feature superstar performers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Suzanne Farrell. It can be folk dances that have been handed down through generations, such as the square dance, or ethnic dances that are primarily associated with a particular country. The list is endless.
From that endless list, David Seiberling has selected music that he hopes will please the audience. Igor Stravinsky composed three ballets -- "The Firebird," "Petruska" and the controversial "The Rite of Spring." The band will be playing "Firebird Suite," which was first performed in 1910.
Antonin Dvorak was born in 1841 near Prague in the Czech Republic. Perhaps Dvorak's best-known work is "The New World Symphony" in which his goal was to provide a musical impression of America. In 1878 he composed a set of very popular Slavonic dances. The band will perform "Dance No. 8."
When one thinks of Johann Strauss II, the dance that immediately comes to mind is the waltz. Instead of a waltz, David Seiberling has selected a popular Strauss polka schnell, "Vergnegungszug" ("Journey Train").
The tango is considered the dance of love. Leroy Anderson, the popular U.S. composer, wrote many pieces familiar to American audiences. One of these received a gold record in 1952 for selling over a million copies. The band will perform Anderson's "Blue Tango."
Smith, the concert's tuba soloist, will be playing Antonio Capuzzi's "Concerto for Tuba."
"Those in the audience that have never heard a tuba solo are in for a treat," says a spokesman.
No band concert would be complete without marches. The military will be honored with the performance of two marches: Robert Crawford's "The Army Air Corps March" and Sousa's "The U.S. Field Artillery March."
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, call 295-9023 for additional information.
The band's next concert is set for May 25 at 2 p.m. in the Carolina Hotel's Grand Ballroom.
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