The Brevard Community Band will perform their second concert of 2022 on Sunday, August 14 at 3 p.m. in Straus Hall at the Brevard Music Center.
The program, entitled “Pomp and Percussion”, will include Pomp and Circumstance March, Opus 39, number 4 by Edward Elgar.
It’s not the familiar “Pomp and Circumstance” of graduation ceremonies.
It’s “Pomp and Circumstance March, Opus 39, Number 1.”
In addition, the group will perform selections from “The King and I” by Rogers and Hammerstein, Mendelssohn’s Overture for Orchestra, composed by Felix Mendelssohn at the age of 15, a march entitled “Pieces of Eight”, containing themes from Beethoven’s Symphony Eight, and other selections.
Our featured soloist, percussionist Jason DeCristofaro, will perform the first and third movements of Rosauro’s Vibraphone Concerto.
The Concerto for Vibraphone and Orchestra was written in Santa Maria, Brazil, in 1995 and 1996 and is dedicated to Evelyn Glennie.
The work was originally written for vibraphone and chamber orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, two horns, percussion and strings).
The concerto was premiered with piano reduction at the 1996 Japan Percussion Festival in Tokyo, and the orchestral version premiered at the ENCOMPOR composers’ festival in Porto Alegre, Brazil, later that year performed by the composer and accompanied by the Orquestra Unisinos under the direction of Maestro José Pedro Boessio.
The first arrangement for wind ensemble was done by Rodrigo Morte and the actual arrangement is by the composer.
The work is written in three movements and has a bridge connecting the last two movements without a break.
The first and last movements are built on a mixed scale that combines the Lydian and Mixolydian modes, which are found quite often in the folk music of northeast Brazil.
The first movement develops from a chromatic theme, presented in a slow tempo in the opening bars of the work, and represents the constant struggle for life of the poor in the arid lands of northeast Brazil.
The third movement depicts the flight of seagulls, inspired by the composer’s time spent on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, while gazing at breathtaking views of the sunset over the rock formations of the Arpoador.
Percussive Notes magazine calls the concerto “an excellent showcase for the solo vibist and, like the Marimba concerto, another excellent work that audiences will find enjoyable and exciting.”
DeCristofaro is an active music educator, multi-instrumentalist and composer/arranger based in Asheville.
He is a professor of music at Warren Wilson College, where he teaches applied percussion, applied piano, various jazz and improvisational ensembles, and music theory.
A published composer with C. Alan, HaMaR, Per Mus, and Tapspace Publications, his concert works have been performed in China, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, the Philippines, Sweden, and across the United States. United.
Winner of the 2011 Yamaha/Percussive Arts Society Terry Gibbs Competition (an international scholarship competition for jazz vibraphonists), DeCristofaro has performed nationally and internationally at numerous jazz festivals.
He is in demand as a clinician, having presented clinics, masterclasses and performances on improvisation and jazz performance at many colleges and universities.
He has also presented at Harvard University for the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS), Virginia Tech for the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP), and the Black Mountain College Museum (Centennial Celebration of John Cage), and has written articles for Percussive Notes and Journal of Teaching and Education.
He holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Boston University, a Masters in Performing Music from UNC-School of the Arts, a Masters in Liberal Arts and Sciences from UNC- Asheville and a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Brevard College.
Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students 18 or younger.
Tickets will be available at the concert and they are also available in advance from Highland Books in Brevard.
For more information, go to www.brevardcommunityband.org or call (828) 883-9452.
Spectators are asked to wear masks for this performance.