Herein marks my last blog post for the 2011 summer season of concerts by the Tri State Wind Symphony. This marks our seventeenth year of music making at Eagle Point Park and other venues throughout the region and the state, including:
- A large number of performances at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens (including our very first concert in 1995!)
- Two performances at the Bill Bowe Bandshell, home of the Bettendorf Park Board Band.
- A performance in Riverside Park, Cascade.
- A concert, along with members of the Timber City Band of Maquoketa at the tenth annual Iowa Municipal Band Festival in Boone (it seems about time for a return engagement!)
- At our first rehearsal on May 11, 1995, we had 15 players present, nine of whom were clarinetists (thank you Micki Marolf!)
- We have no auditions. Membership is open to any and all who feel that they can keep up with the rigors of the repertoire and the rehearsal schedule (as well as my often bad jokes).
- Our first season included only three concerts, partly because of a rain-out.
- A near-crisis situation in Winter 2008, when we found ourselves without a rehearsal space, percussion equipment, and much of a library from which to select music. It is through the dedication of our Board of Directors that we now have access to Westminster Presbyterian Church for rehearsals, equipment loans from the University of Dubuque (although much of our percussion battery is now owned by the group) and the gracious access to the music libraries of both Hempstead, Senior, Bellevue and Wahlert High Schools, the Maquoketa Community Schools and the now-infamous "Kahn Vault." Who have I forgotten? Oh yes! Our good friends (at least mine) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Clarke University.
Our final concert of the season has always been based on the players' favorites of the summer and this year's concert promises nothing less. The program will include:
We will also reprise Robert Jager's highly inventive Third Suite. Readers (and listeners?) may recall the March that doesn't feel like a march (due to its time signatures, often in either 7/4 or 5/4), the waltz for a limping dancer (in a kind of 5/4 itself) and the frolicking concluding rondo. That this work remains as fresh sounding nearly 50 years after its 1965 premiere is a tribute to the composer's skill and finesse with the forces of the contemporary wind band.
We will offer music that is both sublime--Percy Grainger's lovely Irish Tune and Alfred Reed's stunning Rushmore--and oft-times frightening: Selections from Phantom of the Opera. Buffalo Dances, an amazing work by Robert W. Smith will conclude the concert--sort of (but you'll just have to wait and see, or hear...)
We hope that all of our friends and supporters are able to join us in concluding another successful summer concert season. Remember:
WHO? The Tri State Wind Symphony, of course!
WHAT? Season Finale Concert
WHEN? Thursday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE? Eagle Point Park Bandshell (or Westminster Presbyterian Church in case of rain)
WHY? Because we like you!
Hoping to see you there.
Brian Hughes, Founder/Conductor
Tri State Wind Symphony
P.S. Oh yes, and mark your calendars for 2012! Our first concert of season eighteen will be MAY 31!