School of the Arts, Media + Culture SAMC

2012/2013 Events

TWU Concert Band + Orchestra Fall Concert

Float away to France and Spain with an exotic performance by our Orchestra and Concert Band. Presented by the School of the Arts, Media and Culture, the two ensembles perform together in Langley on November 16 and Abbotsford on November 17.

Highlights include “Fantasia Español” by John Higgins, the lively Latin sounds of Bobrowitz’s “Sonidos de Sevilla,” Washburn’s carefree island-inspired piece “Martinique,” and Offenbach’s rousing Ballet Parisien. But the heart of the concert is a story of Spain immortalized by a French composer—the suite from Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen.

“This fall our Concert Band has been exploring these evocative pieces with particular focus on presenting character and atmosphere,” says Dr. Allan Thorpe, the conductor. No stranger to the theatrical, Thorpe formed last season’s Klezmer Band, which accompanied SAMC’s spring hit Fiddler on the Roof. Thorpe was the show’s Musical Director.

Thorpe adds, “We are pleased to invite our audiences along on this European excursion, with appealing repertoire that showcases the talents of our student instrumentalists.” One such student is promising flute soloist Charmaine Tai. A third-year Music major who hails from Richmond, Tai will be featured in Cécile Chaminade’s “Concertino.”

Conducted by Dr. Jon Thompson, SAMC’s 40-piece orchestra will conclude the concert’s European journey with flourish. The orchestra, taking a cue from Mendelssohn, will take a side trip to Scotland with The Hebrides overture and Symphony No. 2 in A Minor, “Scottish.” Profoundly affected by the rugged beauty of the Hebrides Islands, Mendelssohn began drafting the music for this symphony and overture while on a tour through Scotland in 1829.

Events at a glance:

Friday, November 16
7:30 pm - Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Langley
Admission by donation ($5 suggested)

Saturday, November 17
7:30 pm - Peace Lutheran Church, Abbotsford
Admission by donation ($5 suggested)

Contact: Shayna Leenstra