SOMERS – The Racine Concert Band begins its 100th year of free concerts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Bedford Concert Hall, 900 Wood Road.
Mark Eichner, the band’s musical director, will lead the program.
The program will include the world premiere of “Into Our Father’s Arms” by James Crowley, professor at UW-Parkside and chair of the university’s music department.
Funded by an Art Seed grant from the Racine Arts Council and supported by the Wisconsin Arts Board and Real Racine, the work is a collaboration between the composer, the group and the Kenosha / Racine Poets Laureate.
Poetry by Joe Engel, Darin Zimpel, Jean Preston and Jessie Lynn McMains will be delivered during the music unfolding by narrator Melissa Cardamone.
With a catalog of over 65 works, Crowley’s music has been performed in 35 states and five continents. These artists include acclaimed ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and members of the Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.
The concert also includes “Four Abstractions” by US Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Ward and “Divertimento” by Vincent Persichetti.
“Punchinello”, an overture by Alfred Reed; a march by Jean Sibelius entitled “Karelia Suite”; and dance music from Khachaturian’s “Spartacus” ballet will complete the program.
Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling the UW-Parkside box office at 262-595-2564.
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