April 10, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Symphonic Band will perform in concert Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell. Admission is free.

The band will be conducted by Robert J. Cesario, visiting assistant professor and director of bands at Bucknell.

The program will include will include Gavorkna Fanfare by Jack Stamp; Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance; Ye Banks and Braes O'Bonnie Doon by Percy Aldridge Grainger; Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst; Italian Song and Dance by Tony Cesario; The Dream of Oenghus by Rolf Rudin; and The Purple Carnival by Harry L. Alford.

Evening of musical contrasts

"This will be an interesting evening of musical contrasts," said Cesario. "We are showcasing old and new, familiar and less well known pieces from the band repertoire. 

"There is quite a difference between the contemporary sounds of Jack Stamp's Gavorkna Fanfare and the very traditional, yet exciting march, The Purple Carnival by Harry Alford. 

"Our two largest pieces, the Holst Second Suite and Rolf Rudin's more recent 'The Dream of Oenghus,' show two different European approaches to the wind band – Holst's British folk song approach versus Rudin's large tone poem in the tradition of the great Germanic symphonic composers.

"A nice contrast to all of them is Tony Cesario's Italian Song and Dance. This will be the Pennsylvania premiere of his setting of an Italian gondolier's song and the lively tarantella," said Cesario.

Posted April 10, 2007


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