Saturday, March 2, 2019

Five Concord Diversions for Brass Quintet and Symphonic Winds and Percussion

James Curnow (b. 1943)

One of the Concord Band’s many commissions, Five Concord Diversions was written in 1987 by James Curnow in commemoration of William Toland’s 25th year as Music Director of the Concord Band. Curnow chose to score the brass quintet with homogeneous and heterogeneous groupings of the band. The outer movements of this work feature brass quintet and the tutti ensemble, while the inner three movements feature the brass quintet paired with woodwinds, percussion, and brass respectively. Tonight’s performance comes 25 years, almost to the day, after the première performance, held in the Sentry Center Auditorium in Concord on March 7, 1987, with the composer conducting the Concord Band and the Back Bay Brass Quintet. The composer’s inscription found on the inside cover of the manuscript score reads “For the outstanding preparation of, the commissioning of, and the support of ‘Five Concord Diversions’―Thank you, this has been an excellent weekend. Congratulations on 25 years―you have a fine organization. Best wishes, Jim.” (Source: JRO)