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Central Arizona Concert Band gives year’s first performance

Central Arizona concert band (Courtesy)

Central Arizona concert band (Courtesy)

The Central Arizona Concert Band’s first concert of 2019 is this weekend and features a performance of the band’s clarinet choir.

Under the direction of Maestro Clydene Dechert, the concert includes marches, dances, a novelty number and more, according to a news release from Publicity Manager Joe Cotton. Multiple selections will be performed by the choir, all members of the Central Arizona Concert Band.

“Owing to its popularity as a beginning instrument, many serious musicians have begun their education on the B flat clarinet and later expanded their horizons to include expertise with other members of the woodwind family,” the release states. “The Clarinet Choir welcomes these members back from their current sections to round out the full arrangements of some beautiful music.”

The choir’s repertoire comes from a variety of classical and contemporary works developed specifically to showcase the choir. They will present an example of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Mozart’s “O zitt’re nicht, mein lieber Sohn” (translated as “Oh Tremble Not My Dear Son”) and Sammy Nestico’s “A Study in Contrasts,” written specifically for the choir.

The entire band will perform K.L. King’s “Sarasota March,” Eduard Holst’s “Seguidilla’ Spanish Dance,” a three-piece work written by three different composers called “A Nordic Trilogy,” “Riverdance Finale,” the symphonic suite from the soundtrack of “Robin Hood Prince of Thieves,” and John Philip Sousa’s “New Mexico March” and “Semper Fidelis March.”

“If you thought that Sousa marches all sound pretty much the same, this one will change your mind,” the release states. “The piece starts out in the normal style, but segues into a history of New Mexico as represented Native American and Mexican traditions and ends with a successful fusion of the diverse styles.”

It all takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Davis Learning Center, 3700 Willow Creek Road. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and are available online at www.centralarizonaconcertband.com or at the door.

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