UCB had a successful concert on Saturday 25 July entitled “Folk Songs and Dances” at the Fullarton Park Community Centre. The band opened the concert to an appreciative crowd on a rather chilly, damp night with a lively rendition of Leonard Bernsteins ‘Overture to Candide’, as well as performing many well-known standard works in the concert band repertoire such as Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite, Adam Gorb’s Yiddish Dances and the final movement of Alfred Reed’s Armenian Dances Part 2. All the pieces had a folk dance/song theme from all around the world.
Highlights of the evening were the world premiere of band member Andrew Heuzenroeder’s march “The Piping Shrike” (sure to become a regularly performed march for the band), a performance of band member Nicola Kubenk’s chamber work “Dance O’ The Leprechauns” (written for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone and three percussionists) and a beautiful rendition of Samuel Hazo’s Perthshire Majesty featuring Sarah Byron on soprano saxophone.
The band will now begin preparing its programme for the Strathalbyn Band Festival on Sunday 9 August 2015 at 11:30am. Don’t miss us at the Strathalbyn Town Hall!
The band will also be competing in Open A Grade Concert section of the South Australian Band Championships, to be held this year at Trinity College Gawler Senior Campus, Alexandra Avenue, Evanston South. The concert band sections and brass solo/party events will be held on Saturday 29 August (with the woodwind solo/party events and Parade of Bands being held on Sunday 30 August). Times have not yet been confirmed and will be advised as soon as possible.
Please note: Unley Concert Band’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 29 July 2015 at Pembroke School Music Department after a half-rehearsal.
Onwards and upwards for the Double Blues!