United Polyphony features combined community presentation
The Yavapai College Music Department has its first concert of the Spring 2016 Music Program on Monday, Feb. 22, at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Titled "United Polyphony," the concert features a combined community presentation of symphonic band music featuring the Prescott High School Symphonic Band directed by Dan Bradstreet, the Bradshaw Mountain High School Symphonic Band directed by Chris Tenney and the Yavapai College Symphonic Band directed by Maurice Terrell. The concert is free and begins at 7 p.m.
The Yavapai College Music Department tries to do a collaborative concert with the high schools in the community once a year, Terrell said. The name "United Polyphony" comes from how the bands are going to be together, he said.
Pieces to be performed include "The Light Eternal" by James Swearingen, dedicated to four chaplains who gave their lives to save scores of American soldiers after a U.S. troop ship was torpedoed in the North Atlantic in World War II, and the finale to Antonin Dvorak's "Symphony No. 9," which has turned out to be the favorite, Terrell said. The two high school groups will be performing some standard high school music, such as Sousa marches.
"It'll be quite a mix," Terrell said. "All of it is certainly academic on different levels. At the same time, they're enriching and entertaining."
The only challenge has been coordinating the music that will be played together, Terrell said. The challenge comes in not knowing that the other bands' instrumentations are, and going off his own instrumentation they have more than he does, he said. It hasn't been a huge challenge though and Terrell has been able to get the parts that are needed.
Terrell spoke highly of the high school musicians, noting they are reaching the point of their art so that they're practicing their musicianship, loving it and are excited about presenting it to their parents and people in the community.
At the same time, there is also a resurrection of sorts of the Yavapai ensemble, Terrell said, stating he means it with all respect.
"I'm not by all means speaking by the way of resurrection by way of changing of the guard with the directors," he said. "I'm really speaking of a resurrection of interest and excitement and attitude toward music as an art and music that comes out of these walls."