The Fall Instrumental Concert at the Yavapai College Performance Hall was quite an experience. The concert featured the concert band, symphonic band, and the symphony orchestra. All of which featured local talent, some that even perform in our local high school bands or orchestras.
The concert band performed first and it featured adults that perhaps have never had the time, money, or opportunity to play a musical instrument. Conductor Gary Flowers led them as they had been playing all their lives. Some could have been my grandparents, but they all performed with great pride and poise. It made many of us in the audience feel that there may be a chance for us to play at some point in our lives.
The band played three pieces. They were Rivanna River March, Baby Elephant Walk, and Flash Flood.
A brief intermission featured the "United Daughters of the Confederacy". All of whom wore clothing from the civil war era, with an explanation of the type of clothes each member wore. Their appearance was quite appropriate as the music to follow featured that time era.
Music of the civil war was the music featured by the final two groups, led by Dr. Roy Breiling. The symphonic band took the stage next. They opened with Washington Grays March, followed by Lincoln Portrait, which featured guest narrator Kevin Henry, who delivered a majestic take as photographs of Abraham Lincoln was featured on the screen overhead.
The final music was delivered by the Symphony Orchestra which featured five numbers. They were Festival Overature, which featured the Yavapai college Cantamos Chior, who led the audience in the singing of our national anthem. Shenandoah Spriong 1862, Ashokan Farewell, and American Salute followed. The Yavapai College Choral Union joined in for the final number which was an outstanding and moving version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
I would like to encourage anyone who wants to enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music, come spend some time at the Yavapai College Performance Hall. Support the local arts and the good people who take the time and efforts to perform.
Upcoming events are the Fall Choral Concert, Sunday , October 20 at 3pm. An Evening of Jazz, Monday, October 21 at 7pm. The Vocal "Brown Bag" Concert, Friday, October 25 at 12:15pm.
You may also find other events at www.yc.edu
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