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Idaho State University Senior High Band, Symphonic Band to perform Dec. 11

Posted December 8, 2010

The Idaho State University Senior High Honor Band and Symphonic Band will be sharing a performance on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Joseph C. and Cheryl H. Jensen Grand Concert Hall on the ISU campus. Conductors on this program will be Dr. Patrick Brooks, ISU Director of Bands, and Kevin York, Associate Director of Bands.

The Senior High Honor Band is comprised of 65 outstanding instrumentalists from around the region. They are nominated by their high school band directors for their outstanding musical accomplishments and character. Because of the number of students that are nominated, not all students nominated are selected.

The Senior High Honor Band will be performing three selections: "Royal Fireworks Music" by George Frederick Handel arranged for band by Frank Erickson, a beautiful setting of the "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert, and the ever-popular collection of Christmas favorites, "A Christmas Festival" by Leroy Anderson.

The ISU Symphonic Band will open up its portion of the program with the exciting "Gavorkna Fanfare" by Jack Stamp, and the "Chorale and Alleluia" by Pulitzer-prize winning American composer Howard Hanson.  Featured soloist for the concert will be Dr. Molly York, adjunct professor of flute at Idaho State. She will be performing the haunting, ethereal "Night Soliloquy for Flute and Wind Ensemble" by Kent Kennan.

Other selection to be performed by the Symphonic Band include the tuneful children's march "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Percy Grainger, and "Folk Dances" by Dmitri Shostakovich.

The ISU Symphonic Band is comprised of 54 students from various degree programs throughout the university.

Ticket prices for ISU Bands concerts are as follows: $8 adults, $6 ISU faculty and staff, $4 pre-college students, Free to ISU students. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted into concerts.

For more information on this concert or about the ISU Bands, call Idaho State University Director of Bands Dr. Patrick Brooks at 282-3147