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.
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