Lake Agassiz Concert Band Presents Fall Showing
‘Winter Winds’ blow to encapsulate the season
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 00:12
Winter winds are blowing, both outside and now indoors, thanks to the Lake Agassiz Concert Band.
The performing group will present a concert titled, appropriately enough, “Winter Winds” at 3 p.m. this Sunday at the West Fargo High School Theater.
For a bit of background, the Lake Agassiz Concert Band has been working in the Fargo-Moorhead area for 26 years. The band is currently composed of 60 members, consisting of wind and percussion players.
The group performs four free formal concerts every year, of which “Winter Winds” will be a part.
The music at play will include such work as Percy Aldridge Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore.”
Grainger himself de¬scribed the composition in a letter to a friend, saying “I strove to imbue the accompanying parts that made up the harmonic texture with a melodic character not too unlike that of the underlying reel tune. Melody seems to me to provide music with initiative, whereas (sic) rhythm appears to me to exert an enslaving influence.”
The performance will also include “Trittico” by Vaclav Helhybel. A relative¬ly modern piece, “Trittico” is described as “monumental,” both by the Lake Agassiz band, and the J.W. Pep¬per classical music store.
Finally, the group will also perform Frank Ticheli’s “The Tyger,” based on the well-known poem of the same name by William Blake. The Dale Music Co. describes the music as beginning “in the lowest register and gradually reveals a dark, driving ostinato.”
This Fall Concert will be a free showing, and is open to the public—no tickets required.
Additionally, the Lake Agassiz Concert Band makes outdoors appearances (presumably when it’s not this cold) at the Trollwood Classical Music Festival and Minnesota State University of Moorhead’s Old- Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration.
Dr. John Tesch, the Professor of Low Brass at MSUM, is the current director of the 60-player band.