Raritan Valley Symphonic Band
Welcome to the first concert of the 2018-2019 RVSB season. I am thrilled that you have decided to come and enjoy this performance. My favorite season is Autumn. Every year it comes aroundI get a little nostalgic and think about how awesome and powerful and wondrous nature can be. This program is my attempt to celebrate the awe-inspiring virtues of our amazing planet, Mother Earth.
Composing pieces in celebration of nature is a very common theme. Some of the greatest compositions written for band are based on this theme. With his raw compelling compostion, Mother Earth, A Fanfare, David Maslanka created a driving, intense observance of the power of nature. Other compositions we will be performing that convey the sheer power of nature include, Lightning Fields by John Mackey, Into The Raging River by Steven Reineke, and Vesuvius by Frank Ticheli.
Just as remarkable as nature’s power is, the planet has an equal number of beautiful examples. Some of the greatest composers have recognized this and created beautiful music to match the beauty of our planet. Country Garden by Percy Grainger, Down A Country Lane by Aaron Copland, and Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli are just a few of the pieces we will be performing.
We hope you will enjoy our concert of Mother Earth!
Dr. Christopher G. Sumner
*The RVSB is always accepting well-qualified new members! This season we are particularly seeking French horn players and percussionists. But no matter what instrument you play, we are always glad to expand our ranks.
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October Concert – Sunday, October 21, 2018
Holiday Concert – Sunday, December 16, 2018
Children’s Concert – Sunday, February 3, 2019
Spring Concert – Sunday, April 28, 2019
Pops Concert – Sunday, June 9, 2019
*Association of Concert Bands (ACB) Convention @ Woodcliff Lake NJ Hilton