May 10th Concert - John Barnes Chance
April 27th, 2015
The Mesilla Valley Concert Band’s May program features a primary theme showcasing the works of contemporary composer, John Barnes Chance (1932-1972). Chance was a native Texan who studied at UT Austin under another famous composer of contemporary wind ensemble literature, Clifton Williams. Chance, who was once a member of the Eighth U.S. Army Band, was fond of using asymmetric rhythms, minimalism, and nontraditional tonalities. As an innovator in composition for the wind ensemble, he is known for dramatic themes, brass fanfares, and unique use of percussion. Chance’s brilliant and bold instrumental scoring has become a standard today in concert band repertoire. Also included on the program is an impressionistic work by early twentieth century composer Joaquin Turina that presents a musical picture of a traditional religious procession in Seville, Spain. Please join us for our last concert of the season and an entertaining afternoon at 3pm on May 10, 2015, in the Atkinson Recital Hall in the Music Center at NMSU. Our free band concert will be a welcome addition to your Mothers’ Day.