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Antiphonal Fanfare presents symphonic band, concert bands, orchestra

There’ll be plenty of different styles and exposures of music heard on Sunday, April 24, with the Yavapai College Music Department featuring “Antiphonal Fanfare” in the college’s Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Starting at 3 p.m., the concert features the symphonic and concert bands as well as the orchestra.

The name “Antiphonal Fanfare” came from the name of a piece that is no longer on the program, said director Maurice Terrell.

“The name of the concert was already in place,” Terrell said. “I still think it was a good title to describe the variety of things that we’re doing.”

Tickets for “Antiphonal Fanfare” are $8 for general admission, $5 for Yavapai College students, faculty and staff and free for youth 14 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office.

Music to be performed at the concert by the orchestra include Aaron Copland’s “Variations of a Shaker Melody” and Elliot Del Borgo’s “Aboriginal Rituals,” as well as Robert W. Smith’s “The Great Locomotive Chase,” Terrell said. The orchestra will also play a piece called “Pull for Orchestra,” written as a guitar concerto, which will see a guest guitarist playing alongside them, he said.

As for the symphonic band, there are a variety of pieces, including opening with a fiery piece called “Go,” Terrell said. It’s a high strung, in-your-face piece, he said. The Symphonic Band will also perform Smith’s “The Maelstrom” and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.”

“I know a lot of people say they don’t like symphonic band transcriptions of the masters,” Terrell said. “That’s not me. I really, really adore the classics so I try to incorporate some or a piece of major classics in something or another in one of my concerts.”

Another piece to be performed by the symphonic band is one donated to the group by one of its members called “The Witch and the Saint,” which is a 10-minute lyric poem. Based on the birth of two sisters in Germany, the piece is fun and goes through so many different meters, Terrell said.

The concert is art for art’s sake, Terrell said, noting the musicians are excited about the growth and styles and different types of music they are being exposed to. He said that the groups are exceeding his expectations and believes them to be exceeding audience expectations as well.

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