October 23rd Concert - Featuring an original composition by Las Cruces native, David Beasley
October 4th, 2016
The Mesilla Valley Concert Band will perform our first free concert of the season on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 3pm in the Atkinson Recital Hall in the Music Center at NMSU. The band will feature a work by David Beasley, born and raised in Las Cruces, who composed the piece Global Vigilance for the US Air Force Heartland of America Band as he was preparing for deployment to the Middle East in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Beasley’s piece represents the never-ending vigilance of our US military. Beasley continues to compose new works, and has re-arranged this piece specifically for the Mesilla Valley Concert Band.
Also on the program will be Russian Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which is either a celebration or a satire of Stalin’s 1917 October Revolution. It has been critically acclaimed as a “brilliant effervescent work, with its vivacious energy spilling over like uncorked champagne.” Additionally, the band will perform two compositions of folk songs from the UK. One is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 1923 English Folk Song Suite, reminiscent of his native home in the Cotswolds; and Haydn Woods’ 1933 Mannin Veen, which translates to “Dear Isle of Man” based on his Manx heritage collection of folk songs, directed by our Associate Conductor John Schutz.