The Racine Concert Band begins its 100th year of free concerts in Bedford Concert Hall at 7:00 pm on January 29 on the UW-Parkside campus, in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts & Humanities. Music Director Mark Eichner will conduct.
The program features a world premiere performance of Into Our Father’s Arms, by UW-Parkside Professor and Music Department Chair James Crowley. Funded by a Racine Arts Council Art Seed grant, and supported by the Wisconsin Arts Board and Real Racine, the work is a collaboration between the composer, the band, and the Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate. Poetry by Joe Engel, Darin Zimpel, Jean Preston, and Jessie Lynn McMains will be spoken in the flow of the music by narrator Melissa Cardamone.
With a catalog of over 65 works, Crowley’s music has been performed in 35 states and five continents. Among those performers are acclaimed ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and members of the Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. About the current project, he said “Into Our Father’s Arms” is my most dramatic composition to date”.
The concert also features Four Abstractions by American Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Ward, and Divertimento by Vincent Persichetti. Punchinello, an overture by Alfred Reed, a march from Jean Sibelius’ Karelia Suite, and dance music from Khachaturian’s Spartacus ballet complete the program. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.