Fall Wind Ensemble Concert – Friday, November 16 at 7:30p.m.
Join the Grace College Community Wind Ensemble on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. as they present their fall concert Rejoice with Praise and Thanksgiving. With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, Mr. Becker thought a fitting theme would be to feature music and sounds of Praise and Thanksgiving. Some wonderful sacred band arrangements will be performed.
Opening the program will be Symphonic March on an English Hymn Tune.
This piece was commissioned by the Northshore Concert Band from Chicago, John Paynter, conductor. The premiere of this work was by Northshore Concert Band at the First Annual Adult Band Conference, with composer Claude T. Smith conducting.
Johann Sebastian Bach is acknowledged as one of the most famous and gifted of all composers past and present in the entire western world. The genius and sheer magnitude of Bach’s vocal and instrumental compositions remain overwhelming. The second selection on the program will be Bach’s powerful and monumental composition Our Father Who Art in Heaven arranged by Alfred Reed. This beautiful setting for winds is based on a German chorale melody by Bach to the text of the Lord’s Prayer. Alfred Reeds instrumental version is based on a large chorale organ prelude.
Having just celebrated Veterans Day the wind ensemble will salute all Veterans by programming God of Our Fathers a 19th-century American Christian hymn, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1876. The hymn was written by Daniel C. Roberts,a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church. Roberts had served in the American Civil War in the 84th Ohio Infantry. This stirring arrangement was arranged Claude T. Smith. The audience will also have the opportunity to join in singing this celebrated hymn.
Rounding out the first half of the program is the traditional gospel song Just a Closer Walk with Thee. It has been recorded and performed by many artists. One of those popular groups is the Canadian Brass. The wind ensemble will also feature this terrific arrangement complete with a Dixieland Band.
Opening the second half of the program is Clouds that Sail in Heaven by Todd Stalter. It is an exciting fanfare based on the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King.
Because the Word of God was conveyed by Bach’s music in powerful ways, Mr. Becker has chosen to include a second Bach composition in the program. The Wind Ensemble will perform Bach’s popular chorale from Bach’s Cantata 147, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. This chorale movement is one of Bach’s most enduring works.
Next on the program is a lighter but entertaining selection White River Revival. It is based on two themes and takes the audience on a delightful musical journey along the twists and turns of the White River and even a stop at a good old Gospel fashioned revival with a touch of that Old Time Religion.
The finale of the evening will be Raise Your Joys and Triumphs High based on one of the most popular hymns ever written, “Christ The Lord is Risen Today,” Its musical impact is undeniably both breathtaking and stunning beyond all descriptive words. The conclusion of this work allows for the audience to sing the hymn while an antiphonal brass section soars high above with emotional reverence.
This is Mr. Becker’s tenth year as the conductor of the Grace College Community Wind Ensemble. The musicians include Grace College music students, community members, several high school students and professional musicians.
The concert will be held at Rodeheaver Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Contact Martin Becker at Grace College if you need additional information about the Grace College Wind Ensemble.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Winona Lake, Indiana