BVU Band Presents Holiday Concert December 11

STORM LAKE, IA (11/29/2016)(readMedia)-- Storm Lake, Iowa (Nov. 29, 2016) –The Buena Vista University (BVU) Concert Band, under the direction of Jerry Bertrand, assistant professor of music, will present its annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec, 11 at 3 p.m. in Schaller Memorial Chapel on the BVU campus.

The program will open with "Cloth of Gold" which was written in 1921 by Fred Jewell and was once a popular piece played by Iowa community bands during summer concerts in parks. The next piece by contrast explores contemporary harmonies, including "Canzona," which was written in 1951 by Peter Mennin. The concert's featured work will be a performance of "Symphony #1 – Divine Comedy" by Robert W. Smith. This four movement piece is a programmatic composition that musically portraits the different realms of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. Smith's work was inspired by Dante's literary classic, "Divine Comedy."

Contributing to the spirit of the holiday, the BVU Concert Band will perform "Minor Alterations" by David Lovrien. The Band will also perform "Minor Alterations," a medley of favorite Christmas tunes transposed from major to minor keys then disguised, layered and morphed even more. From the ominous "Deck the Halls" at the start to the frenzied "Nutcracker Suite" finale, each tune is lovingly twisted into something new and inventive. Other works will include "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Martin/Blane and "Contre Qui, Rose" by Morten Lauridsen.

The Holiday concert is free and open to the public to attend.

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