As part of the Midday Concert Series, the Taupō Concert Band September evening concert will kick off Daylight Savings and showcase a number of players in featured solos. The programme, put together by conductor Matt West, also though gives the whole band plenty of scope to play as an ensemble.
One of these band pieces, ‘Oregon’, by Jacob de Haan, is an evocative soundscape taking the audience on an adventure through the scenery of the north-western US state. Not unlike a movie theme, listeners will recognise cowboys, Indians, gold diggers, wagons and steam trains as various melodies develop, are succeeded but then re-emerge. Also with an American flavour, are a medley of highlights from the musical ‘Chicago’ and an arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound of Silence’.
The featured soloists are Richard Paull, trumpet, playing the third movement of Haydn’s ‘Concerto for Trumpet in E flat’, Peter Marshall, clarinet, playing ‘Viktor’s Tale’, John Williams’ Eastern-themed soundtrack composition for Steven Spielberg’s film The Terminal, and Joseph Craggs, clarinet, with the playful Henry Mancini piece ‘Pie in the Face Polka’.
The hour-long concert at St Andrew’s Anglican Church on Friday, September 30 starts at 7pm, gold coin students/children, $5 adults, $10 families.