February 19th Concert
February 6th, 2017
The Mesilla Valley Concert Band will perform our third free concert of the season on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 3pm in the Atkinson Recital Hall in the Music Center at NMSU. The band will perform Norman Dello Joio’s Concertante for Wind Instruments. The “Concertante”, in two movements, opens with and Adagio and a 12-tone theme that binds the total composition, followed by the Allegro, described as a “kaleidoscopic dance suggesting…” a medieval court dance with a leaping step. Dello Joio was known for his unique style of strong melodic lines, a rhythmic vitality, and inventiveness.
Also on the program is W. Francis McBeth’s Drammatico. McBeth’s compositions often begin with a simple melody which becomes the centerpiece for the work. “Drammatico illustrates not only McBeth’s compositional technique but also the energy and accessibility of his style.
Lastly, the band features Margot Leverett, a member of the clarinet section who has played klezmer music internationally for over 30 years. Klezmer is lively dance music traditionally played at Jewish weddings. Klezmer Fantazi is a compilation of klezmer melodies arranged for concert band by Matthew McGarrell, director of bands at Brown University, where Margot premiered the piece. Margot comments, “I am excited to discover so many wonderful musicians in the MVCB so I've asked many of them to step up and solo with me.”