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Free Entertainment This Weekend

The Cascade Winds Concert Band (of which my dad and I are a part of) is playing two FREE concerts this weekend. Tickets are not needed, just head on up to COCC and enjoy the show!

The concerts are:
- Sunday, March 13th at 3:00PM at the Pickney Center for the Arts, COCC Campus
- Monday, March 14th at 7:30PM at the Pickney Center for the Arts, COCC Campus

For those of you who don't know your way around the COCC Campus, there's a PDF map here.

The music is high-energy and high intensity concert band music (read the extended entry for full information on the pieces we'll be playing). We're also featuring the percussion section in a rendition of "Sabre Dance." You might not recognize the name, but listen to this sample of the song here and you'll recognize the tune, I'm sure. There's also going to be a rocking trombone solo piece that is one of the most impressive things I've heard in a long time. This, along with a pile of other great music, and one of the most entertaining-to-watch conductors (super high energy), I can guarantee you'll have a good time.

And besides, it's free, so who cares if you don't?

Contact me if you have any questions, or read on below for full information on the concert. If you do end up coming, please do introduce yourself.

Cascade Winds in Concert

The Cascade Winds Symphonic Band, under the direction of Michael Gesme, presents its annual Winter Concert on Sunday, March 13, 3:00 p.m. and Monday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. Both performances will take place in the Pinckney Center for the Arts on the COCC Bend Campus and doors opening 45 minutes before the performance. Admission is free, though donations will be gratefully accepted. Seating is available on a first come first served basis.

The concert features seven works representing a wide variety of styles. Ceremonium, the opening piece on the program, is a bold and tune-filled fanfare which, the composer comments, "attempts to encourage optimism for the future American communities nationwide." The first half will also include a hauntingly beautiful transcription of Eric Whitacre's choral work Sleep, "Turkey Trot" and "The BSO Forever March" from Leonard Bernstein's Divertimento for Symphonic Band, and Concerto for Trombones by Norman Leyden. The trombone concerto features several different soloists from the Cascade Winds trombone section.

The second half will begin with the Cascade Winds Percussion Ensemble playing Dimitri Kabalevsky's Sabre Dance featuring Larry Meyers on xylophone. Following will be Suite Francaise by the noted twentieth-century French composer Darisu Milhaud. This work is a series of five movements each representing a region of France including Normandie, Alsace-Lorraine and Provence. The final work on the concert is a brand new composition by Philip Sparke titled Portrait of a City. The city that Sparke has captured in music is his hometown, London. The first movement, "Skyline," attempts to describe the multi-faceted aspects of this exceptionally diverse city. "In Autumn" conjures up images of one of its many great parks in an early morning October mist. The finale, "Downtown," features a tribute to nightlife in London's famous West End and all of the excitement associated with the hundreds of restaurants, clubs, cinemas and theatres that can be found there.

These concerts are free and open to all. Information: 383-7700

Posted by Jake on 03/09/05 @ 10:05 PM
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