The Little Rock Winds and conductor Israel Getzov present the band’s 25th Anniversary Concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25th with a program of musical connections and milestones of the band’s 25-year history.
The concert opens with Camille Saint-Saens’ Marche Militaire Francaise which was also the opener for the Little Rock Winds’ first concert on February 8, 1994. Also on the program from that first concert is John Philip Sousa’s lesser-known march, Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March. (At the time of 1994 concert, the march had made been available for performance only five years earlier.) A familiar face, saxophonist Jackie Lamar, who has soloed with the band under each of the previous conductors, will perform a movement from “Radiant Blues”, an alto saxophone concerto composed by former Arkansas resident Charles Booker, Jr. and dedicated to Lamar. West Mountain Fantasy by William Randall, Jr., is another work on the program by an Arkansas composer. The piece is dedicated to the Little Rock Winds and Wendell Evanson, conductor, and was premiered by the band in February 1999. Along with other selections on the program is Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, a masterwork for wind band all will certainly enjoy.
Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.
Tickets are available online at lrwinds.org and are $15 for adults, $12 for adults 65 and over, and free for students.
Camille Saint-Saens Marche Militaire Francaise
Howard Hanson Symphony No. 2 “Romantic”, mvt. II
Percy Grainger Lincolnshire Posy
William Randall West Mountain Fantasy
Charles Booker, Jr. Concerto for Alto Sax, Mvt. 1: Radiant Blues
Frank Ticheli Blue Shades
John Philip Sousa Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March