Concordia Santa Fe presents ‘Primary Colors’




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Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted at the door.

Event Description

Concordia Santa Fe will present its second full-ensemble concert of the 2013 season, entitled Primary Colors. Gary W. Hill, Director of Ensembles at Arizona State University, returns for his second engagement as guest conductor. The program features music of Percy Grainger, Charles Griffes, John Mackey, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Frank Ticheli.

With Gershwin-esque style, Frank Ticheli’s Blue Shades takes the wind orchestra on a rollicking joyride across the landscapes of jazz and blues styles. Blues harmonies, rhythms, and melodic idioms pervade the work; and many "shades of blue" are depicted, from bright, to dark, to dirty, to hot. At times, Blue Shades gives a nod to burlesque clichés from the Big Band era, not as a mockery of those conventions, but as a tribute. A slow and quiet middle section recalls the atmosphere of a dark, smoky blues haunt. An extended clarinet solo played near the end recalls Benny Goodman's hot playing style, and ushers in a series of "wailing" brass chords recalling the train whistle effects commonly used during that era.

Combining the heat of the Spanish dance and the energy of the Indy 500, John Mackey’s "Redline Tango" takes its title from the common term of "redlining an engine," or, pushing it to the limit. The first section is the initial virtuosic "redlining" section, with a gradual increase in intensity. After the peak comes the second section, the "tango," which is rather light but demented, and even a bit sleazy. A transition leads us back to an even "redder" version of the first section, with one final pop at the end.

Approaching dance music from a very different vantage point, Bob Margolis’s Color is based on tunes from Playford's English Dancing Master (1651) and Jr. Jacob van Eyck's Der Fluyten Lust-hof. Likewise, Percy Grainger’s Themes from “Green Bushes” is a passacaglia on the English folksong of the same name.

Additional works on the program include The White Peacock, by Charles Griffes, and Introduction and Wedding March from “The Golden Cockerel,” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

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