JULIE THOMPSON - STAFF WRITER
Full of opportunities to expand your horizons and appreciate
the finer things in life. This one is no exception: the Bowdoin College
Concert Band is presenting its fall semester concert this Saturday, November
18th at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge. For those of you who have never witnessed
the awesome power that is the Concert Band, I'm not sure anything I say
can truly prepare you for the experience.
It's pretty intense. Seriously though, this year the band
has made incredible progress in developing a cohesive sound, building
on a strong foundation of experienced players returning from last year.
A strong crop of newcomers, including several talented first-years, has
also contributed greatly to the group's sound this year.
In the fall semester concert, director John Morneau has put
this newly strengthened sound to the test, selecting five challenging
yet popular pieces for audience enjoyment. Included in this prestigious
lineup is Charles Ives' "Old Home Suite" with its own tripped-out interpretation
of the popular children's tune "London Bridge is Falling Down," as well
as the rousing "Florentiner March" from the movie Brassed Off.
Perhaps most conspicuous among them is "A Copland Portrait,"
which highlights some of the beloved contemporary composer's most popular
pieces. You know that song, the one with all the trumpets and French horns
on the beginning, the one that sounds like it should be played when Olympic
athletes take the field? You've heard it before; it's called "Fanfare
for the Common Man," and it opens up this fabulous piece.
There is another notorious tune hidden in "A Copland Portrait,"
but to find out what it is, you'll have to come to the concert. So with
that tease, enrich your cultural acumen and come listen to some great
music on Saturday night at 7:30 in Kresge.
You might end up humming some good tunes at the end of the
night, instead of Britney Spears.
brass section warms up before rehearsal. (Kate Maselli/ The Orient)