Take your pick: Symphony, big band, jazz on Sunday and Monday at Yavapai College
The Yavapai College Music Department will present its final two instrumental concerts of this academic year on Sunday and Monday in the college's Performing Arts Center, formerly the Performance Hall, on the Prescott campus.
On Sunday, May 6, the Concert Band, directed by Gary Flowers, will play three pieces beginning at 3 p.m. Two of the pieces are from late-20th-century composers, followed by a march written by Felix Mendelssohn in the 19th century and arranged by Todd Stalter. Next, a saxophone quartet drawn from the Symphonic Band roster - Randy Tremper, Danielle Hensley, Christian Butler and Dan Wagner - will perform two dance pieces from centuries past: a sarabande by Handel and a hornpipe by Cowell.
The program will continue with the Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Roy Breiling, playing a selection called "Rites of Tamburo," by contemporary composer Robert Smith, followed by the lyrical "Dance of the Hours," from "La Gioconda, by Ponchielli.
Then, three familiar selections from the "Carmen Suite No. 2," by Georges Bizet, will be the orchestra's next offering, followed in conclusion by "Danzas Cubanas," by Robertr Sheldon.
During intermission, Hensley and Wagner will perform a saxophone duet.
The second half of the performance will begin with the Symphonic Band playing a piece by Philip Sparke called "Navigation Inn." The next selection, the three-movement "Suite for Tuba," by Don Haddad, will feature music major student Dakota Rutt on tuba. The band will then play Franco Cesarini's "Harlequin Overture," followed by "Selections from Les Miserables," by Claude-Michael Schonberg.
The afternoon will conclude with the band's playing the "March-Bou-Shu," with features from the percussion section by composer Satoshi Yagisawa.
On Monday at 7 p.m., the two YC Big Bands, the Jazz Combo, with Breiling as their director, will present "Bringing Reno to Prescott" to mark their return from the Reno Jazz Festival at the University of Nevada at Reno.
To begin the concert, the Roughriders Big Band will play Doug Beach's "The Red Bank Express." Next will be "Bling!" by Andy Farber, followed by Alan Gordon's "My Heart Belongs to Me," and their final number, "Rompe Cabeza," also by Beach.
The Trailblazers came home from the Reno fest with first place and will play numbers from that program, including "Kathryn's Dance," and "I Remember Clifford."
Other highlights of the Monday concert will be "It Could Happen to You," Matt Jackson's arrangement of "Brotherhood of Man," by Frank Loesser, and "Too Much of a Good Thing," by Andrew Neu.
Admission to each of these concerts is $5 and free for children 14 and under. Tickets are available in the Yavapai College Art Gallery or by calling 928-776-2031.