Music at the Summit Adult Band Institute presents FREE “Around the World” concert at the Riverwalk, Sunday, June 24
BRECKENRIDGE – More than 100 band musicians from 21 states, Canada and the United Kingdom are again invading Breckenridge this week for the 5th Annual Music at the Summit Adult Band Institute, hosted by the Summit Concert Band. The institute culminates five days of intensive rehearsals, sectionals, and master classes, with a free finale concert “Around the World.” The concert is at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Sunday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
“Around the World” will feature something for every concert goer with symphonic, popular and patriotic band music. It begins with the traditional playing of both the American and United Kingdom National Anthems, in deference to the institute’s British conductor. Highlights of the concert will include a mesmerizing work by Peter Graham, “Red Machine,” which was commissioned by the Coldstream Guards Band of Her Majesty’s Household Division, previously commanded by our institute conductor, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Graham O. Jones. Also from our British cousins come the majestic “Sine Nomine” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Robin Dewhurst’s dazzling solo, “Panache,” performed with euphonium soloist Brandon Jones.
Jules Verne's popular 1873 adventure novel, "Around the World in Eighty Days," has inspired countless readers, as well as two motion pictures. The first of these, produced by Michael Todd and released in 1956, featured a score by Victor Young that would earn him his sole Oscar Award (awarded posthumously in 1957) for best motion picture score. Lending itself to the theme for this concert, a tuneful arrangement by Alfred Reed helps take listeners “Around the World.”
There is no such thing as too many marches. A brilliant new march, “Steadfast Leadership”, directed by Colonel (Ret.) Thomas Rotondi, former director of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is dedicated to the members of the West Point Class of 1956. In the classic World War II motion picture Midway (1976) John Williams created one of the most riveting and powerful marches, “Midway March,” ever heard on the silver screen. This vigorous march will be led by guest conductor Dr. Dan Bolin, recently retired from Butler University.
American composer Frank Ticheli brings us “Simple Gifts,” founded on Shaker songs. The first movement, "In Yonder Valley," is widely held to be the oldest surviving Shaker song with text. It is a simple hymn praising nature; listen for the birdcall sounds at the beginning. The second movement, "Dance," uses an 1830s Shaker tune which was probably sung in church by a small group while the rest of the congregation danced. The third movement, based on a Shaker lullaby, "Here Take This Lovely Flower," is a "gift song." These are songs that were received from spirits by Shaker mediums while in a trance. The piece ends with the most famous Shaker song, "Simple Gifts."
Clarinet soloist Carl Topilow, well-known in the Summit County area as the conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra, is featured on “History of the Clarinet” with Music at the Summit’s Executive Director, Beth Steele conducting. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of legendary American composer Leonard Bernstein, the concert surges toward the end with the ever popular “West Side Story” and, of course finishes with a rousing rendition of our national march, “The Stars & Stripes Forever.”
Music at the Summit Adult Band Institute is the invention of Summit Concert Band’s director, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Beth Steele. She developed the concept and put it into action, along with help from Summit Concert Band members and musicians from around the world. Steele serves as the institute’s Executive Director and will be conducting “History of the Clarinet” at the final concert.
“We are extremely happy with the growth of Music at the Summit and are looking forward to presenting a first-class performance for concert goers on Sunday,” said Steele. When asked about the institute catering to adults, Steele explained, “It’s like band camp in high school but without the curfew. We took all the best of high school band camp – the camaraderie, great music and education – and added the freedoms of adulthood.”
The adult musicians attending the institute will take part in rehearsals under the direction of Dr. Graham O. Jones, MBE. Dr. Jones, retired from the British Army after a glittering career spanning nearly 40 years. He retired as the Senior Director of Music, Household Division and Director of Music, Coldstream Guards, a position unequaled throughout military music in Great Britain. Jones will be conducting the band at “Around the World” concert on Sunday afternoon.
The internationally acclaimed clinicians for the Adult Band Institute include Alaunde Copley-Woods – Flute, Sue Neff – Oboe, Dr. Janice Minor – Clarinet, Margaret Banton – Saxophone, Carol Doemel – Trumpet, Shona Goldberg-Leopold – Horn, Brandon Jones - Euphonium, Gregory Harper – Trombone, Dr. Richard Morgan – Tuba and Scott C. Vincent – Percussion. These clinicians will be responsible for leading sectionals, masterclasses and rehearsal coaching.
For more information about Music at the Summit Adult Band Institute, “Around the World” concert or the Summit Concert Band, call (303) 809-9171 or visit www.musicatthesummit.com or www.summitconcertband.org.