For the first time in Lew's 11 seasons on our podium, he will take a one-concert sabbatical. In his place, we will welcome Avi Mehta, a talented, young conductor steeped in the El Sistema tradition of using music education as a vehicle for social change. For his program he has chosen music that has been "morphed" in some form for the concert band. The performance will open with a symphonic fanfare by Venezuelan composer Gioncarlo Castra D'Adonna, which was originally written for brass ensemble and later transcribed for band. Next, we will feature two works originally written for keyboard instruments: Prelude in a Dorian Mode, a fugal, organ work from the mid-1500's and Turina's Miniatures, a set of five, short pieces originally written for piano in 1930. The final piece of the first half will be James Barnes' exciting orchestration of Paganini's violin caprice featuring each section of the band. The second half will be comprised of two orchestral masterpieces: Shostakovich's Festive Overture, and Hindemith's large masterwork, Symphonic Metamorphosis, a quasi-symphony based on themes by Carl Maria von Weber. The March movement is oft-played, but this is a rare opportunity to hear the entire work, so you won't want to miss it.
|Grand Fanfare||Gioncarlo Castra D’Adonna|
|Prelude in a Dorian Mode||Antonio de Cabezon/arr. Grainger|
|Five Miniatures||Joaquin Turina/arr. Krance|
|Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Niccolo Paganini||James Barnes|
|Festive Overture||Shostakovich/arr. Hunsberger|
|Symphonic Metamorphosis on a theme by Carl Maria von Weber||Hindemith/arr. Wilson|