December 11th Concert
December 1st, 2016
The Mesilla Valley Concert Band will perform our second free concert of the season on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 3pm in the Atkinson Recital Hall in the Music Center at NMSU. The Band will play a Bach Prelude and Fugue in Bb Major, transcribed by Roland Moehlmann, of Bach’s work written originally for organ. Moehlmann’s goal was to use the modern symphonic band to capture the sound of a concert pipe organ. The Band will also perform Norman Dello Joio’s Scenes from ‘The Louvre’ based on Ancient Airs, a five-movement suite that was written as background music for the NBC TV documentary “The Louvre,” airing in 1964. The television special covered the development of the Paris museum during the Renaissance, and won an Emmy in 1965.
The program will also feature Overture to “Candide” from Leonard Bernstein’s operetta, based on Voltaire’s novella of the same name. Written in 1956, Bernstein commented “There’s more of me in that piece than anything else I’ve done.” Additionally, the Concert Band will play Frank Ticheli’s An American Elegy, a moving piece in memory of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School in 1999 and to honor the survivors. In the second half of this work, the four-part canon is based on the Columbine Alma Mater. And as you might expect, there will be a holiday surprise to end the concert.