ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Winthrop/Carolinas Wind Orchestra’s annual fall concert on Dec. 5 will present patriotic themes as the orchestra pays tribute to “Honoring America.”
The 7:30 p.m. concert will take place in Byrnes Auditorium on the Winthrop University campus. Conductor Bill Malambri, emeritus professor of music, said the patriotic concert will feature works that represent various facets of American life, and salute the women and men who served and those who continue to serve in America's military.
The program will include the following works:
* The National Anthem - John Stafford Smith/Francis Scott Key
* The Washington Post March - John Philip Sousa
* West Point Symphony - Morton Gould
* Eternal Father, Strong to Save - Claude T. Smith
* Early Light - Carolyn Bremer
* Concord - Clare Grundman
* Honor with Dignity - Jari Villanueva
* Black Granite - James Hosay
* Armed Forces Salute - arr: Bob Lowden
* America, the Beautiful - Samuel Augustus Ward
arr: Carmen Dragon
Malambri said the patriotic songs capture bits of American history. John Philip Sousa's Washington Post March was composed in 1889 at the request of the newspaper by the same name and became one of his most popular marches, leading a British journalist to dub the composer the "March King."
Meanwhile, Gould's West Point Symphony was composed for the West Point band in 1952 and was inspired, in part, by the cemetery on the U.S. Military Academy's grounds. The composer wished to evoke the Long Gray Line, the generations of Army Soldiers on parade.
Eternal Father, Strong to Save is based on the hymn that is used by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. as their official hymn, and by the British Royal Navy for the same purpose. Bremer's Early Light was written for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and premiered in 1995. While the material is largely derived from The Star Spangled Banner, it also pays homage to America's national pastime - baseball.
Concord (American Revolution) and Black Granite (Vietnam) represent those two periods in the nation's history, while Honor with Dignity and the Armed Forces Salute honor veterans from the beginning of America's history through the present day. Of course, America, the Beautiful pays tribute to all Americans and the spirit of the nation.
The Wind Orchestra, in its brief 15-year history, has performed in a variety of venues during that period. These include three concerts for the South Carolina Music Educators Association, two performances for the North Carolina Music Educators Association, two concerts for annual national conventions (2005 and 2010) of the American Bandmasters Association, a performance for the Southern Division of the Music Educators National Conference, several civic fine arts association programs, semi-annual concerts on the Winthrop University Concert Series, and a tour of greater Barcelona, Spain.
Membership in the band is open to all persons upon audition.
The Dec. 5 concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 803/323-2255.