Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Sicut Cervus by Giovanni da Palestrina

Peter Norton
Peter Norton
Musicians from the Concord Band have been finding ways to keep their music going. Here is a story from trombonist Peter Norton:

“During the pandemic, I have partly made up for the loss of playing live music by taking part in recording projects with the Concord Band and other groups. I was introduced to Sicut Cervus a few years ago at an event where I sang it in a group informally. I kept my copy of the music thinking it would make a good 4-part instrumental, and had entered the score into Sibelius [music scoring program], but didn't get a chance to play it with anyone before the pandemic. I was then able to transpose it on the computer to a range where I could play all four parts on trombone.  I made the recording using the [recording studio] program, Audacity. I recorded each part as a separate track, and then went back to re-record parts of it that needed more work. What made it a rewarding experience was that once I had some tracks recorded, playing new ones gave a sense of playing with other people.”

Sicut cervus is a motet for four voices by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The motet is a setting of Psalm 42:2-3 “My soul thirsts for God,” written for four voices, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Area 9 Quartet Performs Holst Second Suite

Area 9 Quartet (l. to r.): Sean Mix, Seychelle
John Rabinowitz, Kangyi Liu
Some Concord Band members have been finding ways to rehearse in small ensembles while observing socially distant guidelines. Saxophonists John Rabinowitz (tenor) and Kangyi Liu (alto) recently performed the Holst Second Suite in F for Military Band outdoors with the Area 9 Saxophone Quartet. Sean Mix (soprano) and Seychelle Dunn (baritone) complete the quartet.

Area 9 also performed as guest artists with the Concord Band at our Spring Concert, "Festival de Música Española."

Second Suite in F (Op. 28, No. 2) by Gustav Holst

Area 9 Saxophone Quartet

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II. Song Without Words, "I'll Love My Love"
III. Song of the Blacksmith
IV. Fantasia on the Dargason

Friday, December 11, 2020

Holiday Pops Virtual Concert

Originally presented December 10 & 11, 2010

The Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden
James O'Dell, Music Director
Steven Barbas, Assistant Conductor
Renee Pfister, Guest Artist

A Concord Tradition Since 1976!

Normally at this time of year, the Concord Band would be presenting our annual Holiday Pops concert. We hope by this time next year we will all be together again performing Holiday Pops 2021 live and in person. In the meantime, please enjoy these videos from Holiday Pops 2010, featuring vocalist Renee Pfister. Link to: Program for this concert.

Overture to a Winter Festival
James Curnow
Polish Christmas Music
Johan de Meij
Christmas Day
Gustav Holst, arr. William Rhoads
Steven Barbas, conducting
Dixieland Jam! 
arr. Bob Lowden
I Feel a Song Comin' On
McHugh, Fields & Oppenheimer, arr. Barker
Renee Pfister, vocalist
One Note Samba
Antonio Carlos Jobim, arr. Seeco
Renee Pfister, vocalist
Judy Piermarini, saxophone
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Martin & Blane, arr. Wagner
Renee Pfister, vocalist
Angels from the Realms of Glory
James Montgomery, arr. Robert W. Smith
Festive Sounds of Hanukah
arr. Bill Holcombe
Let's All Sing for Christmas (Santa Stroll)
arr. James D. Ployhar
A Christmas Portrait
arr. Jerry Nowak
Sing Along with Renee Pfister, vocalist
Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson
Auld Lang Syne
arr. William M. Toland
Sing Along with Renee Pfister, vocalist

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