The Central Arizona Concert Band, made up of some 50 of the country’s top professional and amateur musicians, returns to the stage at Embry-Riddle University for the second of four concerts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 20 at the Davis Learning Center on Campus Embry-Riddle, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott. The Band will continue its tradition of presenting a varied program with selections for all to enjoy.
According to a press release, maestro Clydene Dechert will open the program with one of the most unusual marches in the concert’s repertoire, KJ Alford’s The Vanishing Army. Written in 1918 after the end of the First World War, the composer describes the work as a “poetic march” dedicated to the thousands of men lost during the war. The march has a decidedly lyrical character as opposed to a military-like cadence.
Chandler Darren Comer is the contemporary composer of Fanfare To Our Future, a musical celebration of a return to normalcy after so much of our business has been interrupted for so long by the COVID pandemic. Comer said in a press release that he “wanted to capture the joy of experiencing something for the first time in a long time and the optimistic anticipation of better days ahead.”
To add variety to the program, The Colonial Dames Waltzes by John Philip Sousa, selections from Les Miserables, Four Scottish Dances and Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, a dramatic and inspirational patriotic composition which contains new musical treatments of “Yankee Doodle” , “Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier,” “America,” and a full symphonic treatment of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
General admission is $12 for adults and $5 for students. Due to technical difficulties, online ticketing is not offered at this time.
The Central Arizona Concert Band is an all-volunteer organization comprised of professional, semi-professional, and youth musicians who come together for the pure enjoyment of music and to entertain our community.
Information provided by the Central Arizona Concert Band.