A Traditional Holiday
It’s always nice to have an opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our day to day lives and enjoy the excitement of the holidays. Well, Maestro Mark Humphreys has selected just the right music to put you in the spirit and the Symphonic Band is just the right band to deliver our version of “A Traditional Holiday.”
The concerts will be performed at Duncan Theater in Lake Worth on Saturday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. and at Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens on Sunday, December 11, at 3:00 p.m. tickets ($20) are available by calling 561-832-3115, or online at www.SymphonicBand.org.
This concert’s holiday selections include a couple of unique medleys. “A Christmas Carol Fantasy” by Takashi Hoshide has lovely renditions of eight Christmas carols, and “A Holiday Rhapsody,” which was written for the U.S Air Force Band by Larry McTaggert, is a slightly off-beat arrangement of five carols. Harold Walter’s “The Christmas Party” is another unusual and lively rendition of holiday favorites.
“Gesu Bambino” by Pietro Yon was artfully arranged by former band member Tim Varnadore, and current member Rick Floyd will be performing the serene euphonium solo. Although not typically known as a holiday tune, we’ll honor the Christmas star with an arrangement of Mozart’s traditional children’s tune “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” as arranged by Masamicz Amano. This special version roams all around the melody from the traditional to the modern.
Our presentation of Charles Sayre’s arrangement of “Winter Wonderland” delights as a holiday classic, along with more traditional arrangements written for the U.S. Marine Band in “Rhapsody of Christmas Carols” by Claude Smith.
The holiday spirit is also captured in “Three Moods of Hanukkah” by Lennie Niehaus, with three classics: “Hanukkah, O Hanukkah,” “Maoz Tzur,” and “Mi Y’Malel.” And, written by John Zoechik in 1848, “Chorale and Shaker Dance” is a beautiful variation on the tune “Simple Gifts,” which Aaron Copland adapted in 1944 for his “Appalachian Spring.”
Finally, to send you off with your pleasant memories – Leroy Anderson’s classic “Sleigh Ride” — Happy Holidays!