TRAVELS ABROAD
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

TRAVELS ABROAD

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Mallory Thompson conductor
Lifetime of Music Initiative Concert

This winter, the Northshore Concert Band takes you on an intriguing and whimsical musical tour of four continents. Sure to be an audience favorite, the band performs a spectacular and colorful transcription of J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. This masterpiece, originally written for organ, is famous for its bold and dramatic opening, featuring virtuosic flourishes, dramatic scalar passages, and powerful chords. In a highlight of the season, we are joined by fifty of the most talented young musicians in the Chicagoland area as we celebrate and embody our “Lifetime of Music”. Together we will share music by Chinese, Australian, American, and British composers.


PROGRAM

TORKE Javelin
BRAHMS “Blessed are They” from A German Requiem
Arranged by Barbara Buehlman
150th Anniversary of Composition
BACH Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Transcribed by Donald Hunsberger
WOOLFENDEN Suite Française
CHEN YI Spring Festival
GRAINGER Blithe Bells
TICHELI Earth Song
EDMUNDSON Normandy Beach

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THE MOTHERLAND CALLS
Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

THE MOTHERLAND CALLS

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Mallory Thompson conductor

Our spring concert theme takes its inspiration from the famous Russian sculpture of the same name, erected during the height of the Cold War. Featuring music by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Scriabin, some of Russia’s most renowned and influential musical figures, this concert explores the musical relationship between our two countries. Adapted from the score of the Soviet historical drama The Gadfly, this new arrangements of Shostakovich’s music wonderfully captures the range of emotions elicited from a narrative surrounding the struggle of Italian patriots against Austrian invaders. Commissioned in 1944 for a nationally broadcast NBC radio concert, Alfred Reed’s Russian Christmas Music premiered on a December 12th concert. This concert also included premieres of Russian and American music with the hope of improving Russo-American relations.


PROGRAM

SOUSA Across the Danube
SCRIABIN Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2
Arranged by Alfred Reed
REED Russian Christmas Music
75th Anniversary of Composition
SHOSTAKOVICH Suite from The Gadfly
Transcribed by Master Gunnery Sgt. Donald Patterson
PROKOFIEV March, Op. 99

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RUSTIC LANDSCAPES
Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

RUSTIC LANDSCAPES

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Mallory Thompson conductor

Our season of Musical Journeys concludes with an international tour featuring rustic folk music. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of Australian composer Percy Grainger’s American citizenship with a pairing of stirring pastoral works — the sentimental Irish Tune from County Derry and rousing Shepherd’s Hey. American composer Leonard Bernstein draws inspiration for this Jeremiah symphony from Hebrew chant and scripture. Profanation, the second movement of this symphony, musically illustrates the prophet’s premonition of Jerusalem’s destruction. Our travels move to the British Isles as we perform dances past and present: Ron Nelon’s medieval-inspired Courtly Airs and Dances and Malcolm Arnold’s English Dances. Haydn Wood’s enchanting tone poem Mannin Veen brings our journey to an end. Gaelic for “Dear Isle of Man,” this noble work is based on four Manx folk songs, beautifully representing the picturesque island where Wood lived as a youth.


PROGRAM

BERNSTEIN Profanation
Arranged by Frank Bencriscutto
NELSON Courtly Airs and Dances
GRAINGER Irish Tune from County Derry
GRAINGER Shepherd’s Hey!
100th Anniversary of Compositions
ALFORD Army of the Nile
ARNOLD English Dances, Set I
Arranged by Maurice Johnstone
WOOD Mannin Veen

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LETTERS FROM HOME
Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

LETTERS FROM HOME

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Mallory Thompson conductor
~Nois saxophone quartet

Our season of Musical Journeys begins with warm memories of home and features the music of Aaron Copland. Written while he was living in Mexico, “the Dean of American Composers”’ sentimental Letter from Home evokes nostalgia and reminiscence. His suite from The Red Pony musically depicts scenes from the western drama film based on the John Steinbeck novella of the same name. With such movements as “The Gift” and “Happy Ending", Copland’s folk-like writing suggests the charming, open-air quality of country living. William Bolcom’s entertaining and eclectic Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band blurs the line between popular and “serious” music, uniquely combining Western art music tradition with dance music, rhythm-and-blues, and bebop. We are delighted to feature Chicago’s own ~Nois, a professional saxophone quartet of rising stars! Frank Ticheli’s colorful and energetic Blue Shades brings our program to a lively and rousing conclusion. Taking a musical page from his teacher’s Concerto Grosso, the composer combines his love of jazz with his own exciting musical voice.


PROGRAM

MENNIN Canzona
COPLAND Letter from Home
Arranged by Brian Belski
BOLCOM Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band
COPLAND Suite from The Red Pony
TICHELI Blue Shades

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A LONG TIME AGO...
Jun
17
3:00 PM15:00

A LONG TIME AGO...

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Mallory Thompson conductor

Our 2017-2018 season concludes with a lively program of music that draws inspiration from ages past. Edward Gregson's works evoke the image of an early Renaissance court, viewed through a modern lens. His Sword and the Crown was written to accompany productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company depicting the reign of Henry IV - one of the most turbulent periods of the British monarchy. Michael Gandolfi’s elegant and invigorating Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme present seven variations on the Renaissance tune simply titled “Spagnoletta”.  In the hauntingly beautiful Sketches on a Tudor Psalm, Fisher Tull re-imagines Thomas Tallis's setting of the second psalm of the Episcopal Hymnal. Our season concludes full circle with a performance of Star Wars title theme which, since its premiere in 1977, has famously invited us to consider that which occurred "A Long Time Ago".


PROGRAM

GREGSON Festivo
GREGSON The Sword and the Crown
GANDOLFI Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme
TULL Sketches on a Tudor Psalm
WILLIAMS Star Wars Trilogy: V. Star Wars (Main Theme)
Arranged by Donald Hunsberger

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REBELLIONS ARE BUILT ON HOPE...
Apr
15
3:00 PM15:00

REBELLIONS ARE BUILT ON HOPE...

Mallory Thompson conductor

This program celebrates the strength and nobility of America, drawing connections between various periods and aspects of our country’s rich history. William Schuman, one of the most noteworthy American musical figures of the mid-twentieth century, is celebrated today through three significant pieces. His Chester and When Jesus Wept set timeless melodies from the Revolutionary-era American songbook “The New England Psalm Singer,” composed by the first American choral composer William Billings. Charles Ives's Variations on "America” renders the familiar patriotic melody in numerous settings, ranging from light-heartedly playful to powerfully bold. Commando March, written the year after Samuel Barber was drafted into the Air Force, encapsulates the patriotic spirit of American soldiers during WWII. This reflection on America's adventurous spirit concludes with an exhilarating piece by lauded American film composer John Williams.


PROGRAM

BARBER Commando March
TICHELI Sanctuary
IVES Variations on “America”
Orchestrated by William Schuman
Transcribed by William E. Rhoads
SCHUMAN When Jesus Wept
SCHUMAN Chester
SCHUMAN George Washington Bridge
WILLIAMS Scherzo for X-Wings
Transcribed by Paul Lavender

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TRULY WONDERFUL THE MIND OF A CHILD IS...
Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

TRULY WONDERFUL THE MIND OF A CHILD IS...

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Mallory Thompson conductor
Lifetime of Music Initiative Concert

“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is…” explores works of literature that spark a child’s imagination. We bookend the first half of the concert with works by Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the composer’s centennial birthday. Overture to Candide embodies the irony and humor of Voltaire’s original text and Slava! honors Bernstein’s close friend, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. The innocence of youth is captured in Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Evening Prayer” from his 1892 opera Hansel and Gretel. Viet Cuong’s dynamic and intriguing composition Sound and Smoke derives both name and concept from von Goethe’s play Faust. In a highlight of the season, some of the most talented young musicians in the Chicagoland area join the Northshore Concert Band for our “Lifetime of Music” program. The students and band members combine to perform a variety of pieces, including some from a galaxy far, far away…


PROGRAM

BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
Transcribed by Clare Grundman
HUMPERDINCK Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel
Arranged by Robert van Beringen
CUONG Sound and Smoke
BERNSTEIN Slava!
Transcribed by Clare Grundman
SHELDON Lindbergh Variations
BARNES Yorkshire Ballad
SOUSA The Washington Post March
Arranged by Michael Story
WILLIAMS The Star Wars Saga
Arranged by Michael Story

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STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE
Nov
5
3:00 PM15:00

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE

The Northshore Concert Band’s season of “Sonic Stories” begins with some star works of the wind band world! Karel Husa’s dedicatory Smetana Fanfare opens the season, in memoriam of the great composer’s recent passing.

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