The Kirkwood Community College Concert Band will present its spring concert Saturday night, May 2. The concert repertoire will span nearly four centuries and many cultures in a 7:30 p.m. presentation in Ballantyne Auditorium. The program is directed by Kirkwood Instrumental Music Professor, Dr. Beth Zamzow.
Program highlights include Henry Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary, a movement of Franz Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and the overture to Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach. Other pieces are more contemporary, including Elegy for a Young American, a tribute to the late John F. Kennedy; and a symphonic suite from the Harry Potter motion pictures.
In considering the program, Dr. Zamzow said the works evoke an amazing variety of moods.
“The first half of the program has two very serious pieces. The Hounds of Spring, by Alfred Reed reminds me of a Gustav Mahler symphony. Reed takes basic ideas and just spins them out for 11-12 minutes. Then, Elegy for a Young American is in memoriam to John F Kennedy. It is very intense, powerful stuff. The Woodwind Choir’s arrangement of a Schubert symphony is going to be super — they sound just like an orchestra. And the last half of the program could be subtitled ‘What people do for fun over the weekend, for the past couple hundred years!’ First, the operetta Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld will have people thinking of the Can-Can at Moulin Rouge. That is followed by Harry Potter film music, then a circus galop played as fast as we possibly can. We hope everyone enjoys the great variety in this show,” Zamzow added.
Tickets to the May 2 performance of the Kirkwood Concert Band are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with current ID. Kirkwood students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available from the Kirkwood Student Life office, (319) 398-5578.