Party Down Concert

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Join the Pensacola Civic Band, Saturday March 29th, 7:30pm at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre as we “party down” with some of the great music from great American composers. From Alfred Reed to George Gershwin to a more recent and special guest composer, Julie Giroux.

Festival Prelude, by Alfred Reed, is built on a main theme and fanfare-like figures that exudes a rich melodic texture from each of the sections building the tapestry. The piece ends in thunderous brass chords giving way to one unique piece with brilliant technical passages coupled with its glorious romanticism, Festival Variations by Claude T. Smith. This difficult yet playful piece takes you on a journey that touches all senses and emotions.

Evoking the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s and one of his best-known compositions, An American in Paris, written by George Gershwin, is inspired by the time he had spent in Paris. Gershwin notes, “My purpose here is to portray the impression of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere.” And that is exactly where you are transported.

A staple composer among band music, John Phillip Sousa wrote a march to commemorate the two hundredth birthday of George Washington. Although written at the very end of his career, this brilliant and inventive march is considered one of Sousa’s finest accomplishments.

Clifton Williams scores an exciting, dramatic work, Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta.” One of five dances in the work, this dance reflects the excitement and color of the city’s many Mexican celebrations, what Williams called “the pageantry of Latin American celebration – street bands, bull fights, bright costumes, the colorful legacy of a proud people.”

jmartinJoining the Pensacola Civic Band is Jonathan Martin, trumpeter with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Capturing the very essence of it’s title and featuring our guest trumpeter, Soaring, takes the audience on an energetic ride with sweeping melodic lines supported by fascinating harmony, rhythm, and orchestration. Learn more about Jonathan Martin here.

juliecolor01Ending the concert, we welcome our special guest, composer and friend of the Civic Band, Julie Giroux. In honor of Don Snowden’s 25th anniversary as the conductor and director, we commissioned Julie to write a piece especially for the Pensacola Civic Band and Don Snowden. Those who attend will be treated to the first playing of a new piece written by this award winning composer. Learn more about Julie Giroux and all her accomplishments here.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Pensacola State College Lyceum Ticket Office, 1000 College Blvd, Bldg #8 (850.484.1847) or at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre located on Intendencia Street, Downtown Pensacola. (applicable service fees apply)

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