December 13th Concert
November 20th, 2015
The Mesilla Valley Concert Band’s second free concert of the season is at 3pm on Sunday, December 13, 2015, in the Atkinson Recital Hall in the Music Center at NMSU. Their Sousa march, Corcoran Cadets, sometimes called “Sousa’s eighth-note march,” was composed for a cadet drill team in Washington, DC. Following will be Roger Nixon’s Fiesta del Pacifico, the title referring to a 1950s festival in San Diego that featured their Spanish heritage through a monumental pageant, parade, rodeo, and street dance motif. Also on the program is Claude Smith’s Incidental Suite, with meters firmly set in the 20th century of Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky. Plus, the program also features Alfred Reed’s Othello, depicting love and tragedy in five movements. Rounding out the concert will be Julie Giroux’s Jingle Them Bells, which takes the original melody through a wild ride of stylistic transitions. As Giroux would say, “Jump in your sleigh and hang on tight”…for another outstanding Mesilla Valley Concert Band program.