The Dark Side Of the MoonPlease join us as we close our 2011-2012 Subscription Series with a concert in the district auditoruim at Mt. Vernon Middle School.  The concert begins at 7:30pm.

This concert will feature the winners of the the band’s inaugural “Young Artists Competition.” These two wonderfully talented local young musicians will perform their winning solos with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band.

Lydia Raim (high school winner) will perform a beautiful euphonium solo entitled, “Song For Ina” by Philip Sparke. Lydia’s gorgeous tone and lyric playing will shine on this commissioned work by Riki McDonnell. Riki presented this piece to a dear friend whose wife, Ina (pr. Eena), had just passed on. It is not intended to be a sad piece, however – more a work of quiet passion in loving memory of a dear friend.

Ben Reid (collegiate winner) will perform a very challenging euphonium solo entitled, “Harlequin” by Philip Sparke. Ben’s technical ability and soaring tone will amaze and inspire the audience. Harlequin was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, euphonium virtuoso David Childs for a CD recording in 2004. The piece takes as its inspiration the happy and sad masks which symbolize the Commedia dell’Arte (which features Harlequin as one of its main characters) and comprises two movements, a slow modal ballad followed by a frenetic faster movement.

Also featured on this concert will be the band’s Musical Director, Kate Wohlman performing on Tuba. Kate will premier the second movement of Barbara York’s Tuba Concerto entitled, “Tranquillo.” Barbara wrote the concerto, subtitled, “Wars and Rumors of War” in 2004 for Michael Fischer and the Boise State University Symphony Orchestra.

The name of the concert, “The Dark Side Of the Moon” is the title of one of the major works the band will perform. Written by composer Paul Lovatt-Cooper, this piece was commissioned by Dr Nicholas Childs and the Black Dyke Band on behalf of Rotary International for the performance at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. The Dark Side of the Moon was given its world premier at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on January 27th 2007. The piece is dedicated to the composer’s father, Harry Cooper. The Dark Side of the Moon was selected by the National Contesting Council for the 2008 3rd Section Regional Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

Please join the band for a fabulous evening of music and entertainment and join the band at the reception in the lobby following the concert.

Click here to view the concert program.


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