Band to present concert tour finale
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The Northwestern College Symphonic Band will present a concert tour finale in the college’s Christ Chapel on Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is a reprise of performances by the ensemble in Nevada and California during their March 7–17 tour.
The Symphonic Band’s touring concert features an international theme. Pieces include a Celtic rendition of Amazing Grace, Variations on America by Charles Ives, Spanish march Amparito Roca, Colonial Song by Australian composer Percy Granger, and All Hail the Power, written by five composers for a friend.
The concert concludes with a major work, Gloriosa, a “symphonic poem for band” by Japanese composer Yasuhide Ito. The 20-minute piece is a historical reflection on Asian Christians who were persecuted and eventually went underground to continue worshipping.
Northwestern’s Symphonic Band includes 58 instrumentalists and has performed across the U.S. and in Central and South America. The ensemble is conducted by Dr. Timothy McGarvey, professor of music, who has been on Northwestern’s faculty since 1989.