The Northshore Concert Band opens its 67th season with the “Variations on America” concert on November 6


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The Northshore Concert Band (NCB) announces its 2022-23 concert season. Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr. Mallory Thompson, has scheduled an exciting season featuring a celebration of new beginnings, a retrospective on traditional wind band repertoire, and a glimpse into the bright and diverse future of classical music. .

The 2022-23 season is the band’s most diverse yet, with each concert highlighting works from communities, cultures and perspectives underrepresented in classical music – Jennifer Higdon’s Mysterium and Benjamin Horne deep river among them.

Ten works will receive their first NCB performance, including that of Carlos Simon Sweet trolley (2019), Ulysses Kay Solemn Prelude (1950), Kimberly Archer Brass band Politeia (2021), by David Maslanka Traveler (2003) and John Philip Sousa Chicago Beauty (1892).

This season marks a new chapter in the history of NCB. A new partnership with Loyola Academy combines more than a century of academic excellence with a tradition of musical excellence on Chicago’s North Shore. Loyola Academy’s new state-of-the-art Leemputte Family Theater is the new home of the Northshore Concert Band, serving as a weekly rehearsal destination and venue for several concerts throughout their 2022-23 season. The first two NCB subscription concerts will be presented at the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Evanston, Illinois campus of Northwestern University and the second two will be presented at the Leemputte Family Theater on the Loyola Academy campus in Wilmette, Illinois.

The first concert of the 2022-23 season, Variations on America, November 6, 2022, will examine the disparate accomplishments of the American dream with thought-provoking works spanning more than a century. Charles Ives’ witty and irreverent title opens the program, taking the audience through musical twists and turns to the familiar tune “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” Works by African-American composers take center stage, including that of Carlos Simon Sweet trolleya sensual fusion of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” with Gregorian plainchant. Requiem for the Unarmed, Kevin Day’s memorial to the countless black lives lost to racial injustice, illustrates the composer’s response to the death of George Floyd through chilling, obscured harmonies and subtle nods to “Dido’s Lament” and to Mozart’s Requiem. Established in the segregated south in 1950, Ulysses Kay’s Solemn Prelude is a lamentable, contrapuntal work that uses simple musical motifs to explore rich harmonies and textures unique to wind ensembles. The music of Kay’s teacher, the monumental Symphony in B flat by Paul Hindemith, closes the program with its bombastic fugue, the strident winds of the woodwinds suddenly drowned out by the brass and percussion with a powerful final cadence.

Their acclaimed Music life The program returns on February 19, 2023. It is an adventure through musical lifetimes ranging from some of the earliest recorded music to works by emerging composers today. Commissioned by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band for the 59th Presidential Inauguration, Illinois native Kimberly Archer’s Brass band Politeia pays homage to the origins of democracy in the writings of Aristotle and Plato. by Ron Nelson Medieval Suite is inspired by the organum of Léonin and Pérotin, combining quotations from their most famous works with brilliant fanfares and sparkling percussion. The Viet Cuong Nebula noise and smoke goethe drift Faust – “Feeling is everything, words are just sound and smoke” – and paints abstract, intriguing musical images through colorful orchestration and sublime harmonies, spinning with fast-paced toccata to set audiences on his feet. Outstanding college musicians from the Chicago area will join NCB on stage in the second half of the program for their 19th edition Music life performance featuring music by Katahj Copley, the James Barnes classic Ballad of Yorkshireand the comic A+ March.

Celebrating their new partnership with Loyola Academy, Festive start marks the band’s subscription debut at the Leemputte Family Theater on April 16, 2023. Dmitri Shostakovich’s Enthusiasm Festive Overture raises the curtain with a grand ceremonial fanfare followed by ample and effervescent melodic lines. In his Slavyanskaya Symphony — a work unheard of in the United States before the fall of the Iron Curtain — Boris Kozhevnikov quotes folk melodies from his hometown, the ancient city of Novgorod, with pensive lyricism and radiant vitality. The second half of the program is filled with American favorites, starting with the fiery Morton Gould hi americanbased on the Civil War era song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”. Mysterium by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon offers momentary rest, evoking the mystery of how music moves us with combinations of melody and rhythm mirroring spoken language. The jubilant and cinematic final movement of Howard Hanson Romantic Symphony takes the program to a dazzling finish with flourishing woodwinds and gallant brass.

The season ends on June 4, 2023, with American celebration. This program combines everything American, from baseball to Broadway and everything in between. Brilliant, uplifting and cheerful, baseball fanatic Carolyn Bremer’s early light taps into his impatience to hear the national anthem before ball games. The saxophone section takes pride of place in the sumptuous setting of Benjamin Horne’s “Deep River,” with moving solos scored for the entire section. From baseball field to theatre, Warren Barker’s sensational arrangement of some of George Gershwin’s most famous works, including An American in Paris and Rhapsody in bluelaunches the second half of our program. 76 paperclips lead the way in the selections of The music manfollowed by highlights from star wars, masterfully arranged by Donald Hunsberger. Their American celebration culminates with John Philip Sousa’s salute to the lovely ladies of the Windy City, Chicago Beauty.

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