Back to Basics ~ performing a pre-pandemic concert in a post-pandemic world.
This year’s Spring Concert features a program that was planned two years ago, but was never performed. The subtitle of this concert is “Back to Basics”. Not only is the band playing a straight-forward wind ensemble concert with no obvious theme, but they’re also going back to performing a pre-pandemic concert in a post-pandemic world.
Highlights of our upcoming concert include a piece by Percy Grainger called “Lincolnshire Posy”. Grainger was an interesting fellow and his music reflects that. He wanted music to reflect nature and have a free-flowing sense of time, which is why you’ll often hear lots of meter changes in his music. The second movement of “Lincolnshire Posy” is a great example of this free flow in time because the melody is not strictly in common time or a basic meter throughout the movement.
Another highlight of this concert is a selection called “Alligator Alley” by Michael Daugherty. Daugherty is a modern day composer who incorporates pop culture into his music, such as “Dead Elvis” or “Metropolis Symphony” (the story of Superman). “Alligator Alley” is the nickname for a stretch of highway between Naples and Ft. Lauderdale in Florida’s Everglades National Park. Daugherty composed this music to celebrate the management of the National Park Service in preventing poachers from hunting alligators. Listen for the snap of the alligator from the whip player when you see this performance!
One last piece of music I’d like to showcase is Shostakovich’s “Waltz No. 2”, which has been arranged for wind ensemble by Johan de Meij. You may have heard of this famous waltz in Kubrick’s movie “Eyes Wide Shut” or the holiday classic “Bad Santa”. It was composed as a part of Shostakovish’s “Suite for Variety Orchestra”. In the original orchestral version, it included alto saxophone, which is not an instrument that normally plays in orchestra. It’s great to hear Meij’s band arrangement because the sax part is now accompanied by wind instruments that match the tone quality of that instrument.
There are eight other pieces that will be performed for this year’s Spring Concert. Please come see our concert this May 1st at the Center for the Arts main stage at 4:30PM.
With more than 30 years of community concerts and activities, the JHCB is stronger than ever sporting wonderful plans for an ever-adapting 2021-2022 season. The Band is comprised of musicians of all ages and backgrounds who are drawn together by our love of music and a commitment to enhancing Jackson Hole’s artistic and cultural environment.
During the shutdown, we continued to play individually and record holiday favorites shared virtually to the delight of our followers and the public. Your contributions have allowed us to purchase recording mixing software and hardware to make this happen, as well as aid in the purchase of protective music gear and the leasing of a larger rehearsal venue for safely resumed rehearsals in May. We continue to rehearse and practice and sustain our tradition of contributing family friendly entertainment throughout the year – ever adapting to to meet the times.
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We rehearse Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 in the Arts Center between Glenwood & Cache. Our season runs from September through the Fourth of July, with brief breaks at Christmas and around Easter. Newcomers and visitors are always welcome. [Click here for schedule]
This video was made in celebration of Independence Day. Like so many other local events this year, the 4th of July Parade was cancelled. Since the band could not perform live for the event, conductor Zachary Singer and members of the band recorded themselves playing the Star Spangled Banner. We bring to you a virtual performance in celebration of our great nation!
A special thanks to Zachary Singer for doing all the video editing.