Sunday, December 16, 2012
As darkness lingers and the winter solstice nears, here in the Northwest we look forward to the promise of the longer, brighter days ahead. To ignite that hopeful, positive spirit, plan to join the Washington Wind Symphony under the baton of Dr. Ed Powell as we illuminate the season with a festive concert titled “Lux Aeterna,” (Eternal Light) on Sunday, December 16.
This family-friendly performance takes place at a special venue—Redmond High School’s Performing Arts Center, which offers easy access and plenty of free parking. Here's a peek inside the bag of musical gifts we have in store for you:
"A Christmas Festival" - This classic masterpiece composed by Leroy Anderson blends your favorite carols into heart-warming harmonies that are sure to get you in the mood of the season.
"Ave Maria" - Composed in 1964 by German composer Franz Biebl, this strikingly beautiful arrangement for wind band mimics the exquisite choral harmonies of the original.
"Minor Alterations" - Are you up to the challenge? Listen carefully for your favorite Christmas carols within this tasteful compilation, which David Lovrien has cleverly tailored into minor keys.
"Russian Christmas Music" - The late American composer Alfred Reed was just 23 when he wrote this stirring tribute to promote Russian-American unity, first performed near the end of World War II and immensely popular among wind ensemble fans. Its dramatic Tchaikovsky-esque finale alone is worth the price of admission!
"My Jesus, What Anguish" by J.S. Bach - An expressive arrangement by the prolific Alfred Reed, Bach's pure melodic lines and signature harmonies are sure to move you.
"Variants on a Medieval Tune" - Award-winning American composer Norman Dello Joio takes listeners on a melodic journey through contrasting tempos and characters as he spins variations on a truly medieval theme.
"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" - Before extinguishing our Lux Aeterna for the day, we’ll lighten up (ahem...) with the musical theme from Dr. Seuss's popular animated film, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." For extra frivolity, we’ll feature our own tuba-wizard, Mike Woolf, playing the solo.
Also, to help you get into the spirit of the season, you'll find a spread of delicious, holiday treats for sale at intermission. All tickets are sold at the door. Cash or check only, please.
Who knows? You may even find yourself singing Christmas carols along with the band. Join us on December 16 and experience the Washington Wind Symphony for yourself!