Musicians & Music

Meet the extraordinary men and women of Northshore Concert Band who have dedicated their lives to making music!

KATHRYN CARGILL

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Kathryn Cargill plays the Flute and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 1977. She is a Private Instructor and lives in Palos Heights, Illinois.

When and why did you start playing? I started on flute in fourth grade. The sound of the Jr. High band was really thrilling, and I wanted to be part of it. I heard my first flute teacher, Paul Bolman, playing in the NCB when I was 11, and I was hooked for life.

What do you enjoy most about playing? Listening to the other sections work together and respond to the conductor.

What are your musical influences? Now I am mostly influenced by our director, Mallory Thompson. She is inspiring.

Who was your most influential music teacher? For flute playing, Paula Robison was the greatest influence.

Does anyone in your family play music? My son Matt is a fine musician. My son Pete and husband Greg are terrific music consumers.

What’s on your iPod? My son Matt is a fine musician. My son Pete and husband Greg are terrific music consumers.

Do you have any advice for young musicians? COUNT! SING! Remember that YOU are the music…you are just using your horn to express yourself.

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different from performing with other groups? Attention to detail. Striving for perfection.

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. Family, Important!, Life.

Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you. I have taken up community theatre acting. It has improved my flute, sax, and singing performances. And it’s fun!

Learn more about the Northshore Concert Band at http://www.northshoreband.org

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Musicians & Music

Meet the extraordinary men and women of Northshore Concert Band who have dedicated their lives to making music!

MANUEL RAMOS

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Manuel Ramos plays the Clarinet and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 2015. He is a Private Lesson Coordinator at Merit School of Music and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

When and why did you start playing? I started when I was 10 years old because my friends and I wanted to join the school band!

What do you enjoy most about playing? Creating connections between music and people. I think of it in terms of interpretation: You’re using your own musical words to create a personal understanding which you then pass on to the next person.

Do you have a favorite musical memory?  When I was 16 years old, my high school took a trip to Sydney, Australia to premiere a Frank Ticheli work at the Sydney Opera House. I knew from that moment I wanted to perform for the rest of my life.

What are your musical influences? I’m not sure it’s a what but more a who! When I was younger I heard a clarinetist by the name of Sabine Meyer and haven’t stopped listening to her since. She’s a German clarinetist who has a career as an international soloist, talk about inspiring!

Who was your most influential music teacher? My high school band teacher, Michael Hutchinson. He was crass, hard-working, and wouldn’t settle for a mediocre performance. His challenging me set the standard for my work ethic today.

Does anyone in your family play music? Not professionally. My mother played violin for ten years when she was younger and my father dabbles in drum playing from time to time.

What’s on your iPod? A large variety spanning from Mozart and Brahms to popular music such as Drake or The Weeknd. I also have a soft spot for bossa nova music from artists like Bebel Gilberto!

Do you have any advice for young musicians? Practicing is never measured in quantity, only quality.

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different than performing with other groups? Some groups have a cap to their limits but the NCB is always growing.

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. Education, Engaging, Inspiring

Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you. When filling out college applications my original plan was to go to Emory University and study medicine!  

 

Learn more about the Northshore Concert Band at http://www.northshoreband.org

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NCB Award Winners

Each year The Board of Directors and Artistic Director of the Northshore Concert Band recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the success of the NCB.

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At our June 4, 2017 concert, three Northshore Concert Band members were honored for their service, leadership and musical contributions.

The Director’s Award, given by Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Mallory Thompson, is “for musical leadership, professionalism and contribution to the Northshore Concert Band”.

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This award was given to Sara Farster and Melaine Pohlman. Dr. Thompson described these two talented musicians as “making each other better by playing together”. Sara is a band director from Grayslake and has been a Northshore Concert Band member for 7 years.  Melaine is a music therapist from Geneva and has been with the Northshore Concert Band for 13 years.

Past recipients of this award include Kendra Gohr, Candi Horton, Carey Polacek, Chris Rasmussen, and Amy Strong.

NCB Board chair Peter Gotsch awarded Traci Bowering The Ernst W. Kettnich Award “in recognition and appreciation of a lifetime of leadership and distinguished service on behalf of the Northshore Concert Band”.  Traci is a band director and lives in Skokie. She is the coordinator of the annual Northshore Concert Band Lifetime of Music event and has been with NCB for 26 years.

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Past recipients of this award are Judy Athmejvar, Jim Barkow, Ann Betz, Paul Bolman, Barbara Buehlman, Kathy Cargill, O. DeLap Premo, Debbie Durham, Richard Faller, Betty Garrett, Nancy Golden, Peter Gotsch, John Harshey, Chuck Hawes, Debbie Hawes, Nancy Hinners, Janet Jesse, Ernie Kettnich, Gilbert Krulee, Mary Ann Loda, Dennis Montgomery, John P. Paynter, Carol Scattergood, Janet Schroeder, David Shaw, Barry Skolnik, and Barb Zeleny.


Past recipients of three additional awards are as follows:

The Barbara Buehlman Distinguished Service Award is given “for the contribution of creative individual leadership and service to the Northshore Concert Band towards its goal of musical excellence” – Nancy Golden, Dennis Montgomery, Laura Stibich, and David Zyer.

The 50th Anniversary Award is given “to recognize 50 years of membership in the Northshore Concert Band” –  Janet Schroeder and Debbie Hawes

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given “in recognition of a career dedicated to the development and perpetuation of wind music” – Harry Begian, Barbara Buehlman, Larry Combs and Ray Cramer.

Congratulations to all of our award winners and thank you for your service, leadership and contributions to the musical excellence of the Northshore Concert Band!

 

 

 

American Composer Steven Bryant

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On June 4, 2017, the Northshore Concert Band concludes its 61st season with On the Town. This lively musical program features In This Broad Earth by acclaimed American composer Steven Bryant.

Mr. Bryant offers up this description of his work:

In This Broad Earth is a short fanfare written for and dedicated to Kevin Sedatole and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony. Inspired by beauty I witness when hiking in the Austrian Alps with my wife, Verena, the music celebrates the earth, our only home (for now).

The fanfare embodies the numerous threads that have connected my life with Michigan State University over the past decade. Verena was one of Dr. Sedatole’s first conducting students at MSU, which coincided with the beginning of our relationship. I spent a great deal of time at Verena’s apartment in Spartan Village where I wrote the opening section of my Concerto for Wind Ensemble on a makeshift desk (a card table given to her by Director of Bands Emeritus John Whitwell). Over the years since, the MSU bands have performed many of my works, always at the very highest level, and though I was never a student there, I have great affection and loyalty to this extraordinary school on the banks of the Red Cedar.

COME, said the Muse,
Sing me a song no poet yet has chanted,
Sing me the Universal.

In this broad Earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed Perfection.

from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Universal from Leaves of Grass

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Steven Bryant’s music is chiseled in its structure and intent, fusing lyricism, dissonance, silence, technology, and humor into lean, skillfully-crafted works that enthrall listeners and performers alike.  The son of a professional trumpeter and music educator, he strongly values music education, and his creative output includes a number of works for young and developing musicians.

We contacted Mr. Bryant in Austria and asked him to share with us his thoughts on In This Broad Earth, his musical influences and words of advice that he has for young musicians.

About In This Broad Earth:

“I don’t have much to add about the piece that’s not already on my website. I wanted to create a euphoric fanfare and took my time in Austria (coincidentally, where I am at this moment writing this to you!) as inspiration.”
What are your Musical Influences?
“Stravinsky, Nine Inch Nails, Webern, Mr. Bungle, and my teachers, Francis McBeth, Cindy McTee, and John Corigliano”
Do you have any words of advice for young musicians?
“The hours of persistence in learning your craft will bring ongoing rewards throughout the rest of your life. Regardless of whether or not you plan to become a professional musician, continue to make music throughout your life, such as in a community band or orchestra. You will be a happier human being if you do.”

Steven Bryant studied composition with John Corigliano at The Juilliard School, Cindy McTee at the University of North Texas, and Francis McBeth at Ouachita University.  As he states on his website, he also trained for one summer in the mid-1980s as a break-dancer (i.e. was forced into lessons by his mother), was the 1987 radio-controlled car racing Arkansas state champion, has a Bacon Number of 1, and has played saxophone with Branford Marsalis on Sleigh Ride. He resides in Durham, NC with his wife, Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant who is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Music Department  at Duke University, Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, and conductor of the Durham Medical Orchestra.

His seminal work Ecstatic Waters, for wind ensemble and electronics, has become one of the most performed works of its kind in the world, receiving over 250 performances in its first five seasons. Recently, the orchestral version was premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra to unanimous, rapturous acclaim.

John Corigliano states Bryant’s “compositional virtuosity is evident in every bar” of his 34’ Concerto for Wind Ensemble. Bryant’s first orchestral work, Loose Id for Orchestra, hailed by composer Samuel Adler as “orchestrated like a virtuoso,” was premiered by The Juilliard Symphony and is featured on a CD release by the Bowling Green Philharmonia on Albany Records. Alchemy in Silent Spaces, commissioned by James DePreist and The Juilliard School, was premiered by the Juilliard Orchestra in May 2006. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series featured his brass quintet, Loose Id, conducted by Cliff Colnot, on its 2012-13 concert series.

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Notable upcoming projects include an orchestral work for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (April, 2018), an evening-length dramatic work for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, a choral work for the BBC Singers (July, 2017), a work for FivE for Euphonium Quartet and wind ensemble (2019), and a large work to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the University of Illinois Bands. Recent works include a Concerto for Alto Saxophone for Joseph Lulloff and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony (winner of the 2014 American Bandmasters Sousa Ostwald Award), and a Concerto for Trombone for Joseph Alessi and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Other commissions have come from the Gaudete Brass Quintet (Chicago), cellist Caroline Stinson (Lark Quartet), pianist Pamela Mia Paul, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet (funded by the American Composers Jerome Composers Commissioning Program), the University of Texas – Austin Wind Ensemble, the US Air Force Band of Mid-America, the Japanese Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference, and the Calgary Stampede Band, as well as many others.

A special thank you to Mr. Bryant for generously speaking with us and for giving permission to reproduce this material.  Please visit his website at http://www.stevenbryant.com to learn more about this American composer.

On the Town

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 3:00 pm

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois

 

 

Enter to Win!

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It’s Raffle Time! All proceeds of this very important fundraiser benefit the band’s education and outreach programs.  We are pleased to announce an upward trend in donations made to this annual event and we’d  like to ask you to buy a raffle ticket (or two) to help keep the trend going!

This year’s raffle is in conjunction with On the Town, the final concert of our 2016-2017 subscription concert  season.  While winners do not have to be present at the concert to win we hope that you can join us for this exhilarating celebration of the human spirit.  It will be a Northshore Concert Band season finale you won’t want to miss!

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RAFFLE TICKETS:

Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for a book of 5 tickets.

Tickets are available through all Northshore Concert Band members or by emailing kelley.gossler@gmail.com.

Tickets will also be on sale on June 4, 2017 in the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall lobby before the concert, beginning at 2:00 pm, and during the program intermission.

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PRIZES:

1.“Leavin’ on a Jet Plane” – 2 Round Trip Domestic Airline Tickets

2. “Relax and Unwind” – Spa Gift Basket and Gift Certificate to Egea Spa in Evanston, Illinois.

3. “Cold, Hard Cash” – $250 cash


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ON THE TOWN

Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Northwestern University campus, Evanston, IL

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Peter Lograsso: Fiddler on the Loose!

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Our Spring concert, Giving Voice to the Silenced, honors Holocaust Remembrance Day and Earth Day through a musical program that offers a story of vitality, loss, contemplation, and possibility.

The centerpiece of the first half of this program is a specially constructed “Remembrance Suite” that includes Jack Stamp’s Scenes from Terezin, which is based upon the poems of Ava Scholsova and Fronta Bas, both of whom died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.  Our Suite also includes John William’s dramatic Theme from Schindler’s List, which features one of our own members, Peter Lograsso, on violin.

Peter, an orchestra director, has played the tuba with the Northshore Concert Band for 28 years.

We asked him share his thoughts on playing both the violin and the tuba.

The violin is actually my major instrument, not the tuba. I started playing the violin in first grade after hearing a performance by members of the Cleveland Orchestra at my elementary school. Shortly after that my parents enrolled me in a Suzuki violin program at our church. It wasn’t until the 5th grade that band lessons were offered at my school. I started learning the trumpet so I could be in the band with all my friends. During my years in school I played the french horn, trombone, and eventually the tuba. My band director needed someone to play the tuba and I figured, why not?

I’ve always enjoyed the dichotomy of playing the violin and the tuba. The two instruments play such different roles in an ensemble. As a music educator, I really feel that my experience with both instruments has helped me develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the importance of every section of the band or orchestra. The violin is the soprano, the “diva” of the orchestra. In an orchestra the violin carries the melody the majority of the time, much like the flutes and clarinets in a band. The tuba is the bass, the “rock.” It provides the fundamental sound that everyone else must listen to and build upon.

I always ask my orchestra students, “What is the most important instrument in the orchestra?” Their answer is almost always the violin. I say to them “No, the violins just think they’re the most important!” It’s the bass that is the most vital instrument of all. Without a strong, stable foundation, you won’t have a strong ensemble.

We also asked Peter to share this thoughts on performing a solo with the Northshore Concert Band.

It’s a real thrill to play a solo with the Northshore Band. This is the second time that I’ve had the opportunity. In the Summer of 2001 the band toured the South of France and I played “Highlights from Fiddler on the Roof.”

I have such respect and admiration for all of my colleagues in the Northshore Band. I’ve been a member of the band for my entire adult life. John Paynter invited me to join the tuba section right after I graduated from Northwestern, and I’ve been here ever since.

Many of the closest friends in my life are members of the Northshore Band. We make music together every Wednesday night, but we share so much more.

Don’t miss Peter Lograsso’s solo violin performance during Giving Voice to the Silenced, 3:00 pm April 23, 2017 concert at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the beautiful Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Illinois.

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Be sure to check out Peter in the NCB Tuba’s “Baseball Card” in the Giving Voice to the Silenced concert program book (pp 23-24)!

March 31, 1957

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60 years ago on March 31, 1957 the Northshore Concert Band, formerly known as the Northbrook American Legion Community Concert Band, held its first performance at Glenbrook High School. Under the direction of John P. Paynter, rehearsals were held at the Geo. W. Benjamin American Legion Post No. 791. There were eleven members at that first rehearsal.

“53 instrumental musicians participated in the concert, which featured la local soprano soloist, Wilma Stack Moller.  The program for the band’s debut concert included the following description:

The COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND was organized just a little more than a year ago, starting with about ten members.  It is a completely volunteer group sponsored by the Geo. W. Benjamin American Legion Post No. 791 and composed of men from the various communities of the north suburban area.  The BAND meets each Wednesday evening for two-hour rehearsals throughout the year, and concentrates on playing a balanced program of material ranging from the finest literature for concert band to a large number of marches and novelties.  Most of the members of the band are not professional musicians, and the personnel includes various occupations and ages.  Besides providing an entertainment service for the community in which we live, the BAND is giving an outlet to musical talent of all degrees of advancement for those men who wish to participate.  Through the generous support of the Geo. W. Benjamin Post No. 791 of the American Legion and the kind cooperation of the administration for Glenbrook High School, the COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND is a musical experience open to all men in the community.  Additional concerts are being planned now for Veterans’ Hospitals and Children’s homes, as well as for outstanding public events.  New members are always welcome and should contact the Director or Officers of the BAND.”

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“There were seventeen selections for the concert demonstrated Paynter’s skill at programming.  From the very beginning, he selected a variety of musical styles, guaranteeing that each audience member would hear something interesting and that each band member would play something challenging. Selections included an appropriate opening number in light of the band’s sponsorship – the “American Legion March” by Charles Parker.  In addition, the band played several other marches, some orchestral transcriptions, a waltz, traditional Irish, Spanish and American music, and songs including selections from Oklahoma, featuring Wilma Stock Moller as soloist.  The program ended with John Philip Sousa’s crowed-pleasing “The Stars and Stripes Forever“. The concert was well received and the Northbrook American Legion Community Band was on its way.”*

*Selection from On the Path to Excellence; The Northshore Concert Band Paynter, Buehlman and Beyond by William A. Carson.

 

Please visit the Northshore Concert Band timeline to learn more about our path to excellence!

Musicians & Music

Meet the extraordinary men and women of Northshore Concert Band who have dedicated their lives to making music!

TRACI BOWERING

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Traci Bowering plays the Clarinet and has been with the Northshore Concert Band since 1991. She is a Band Director and lives in Skokie, Illinois. Traci is also the Northshore Concert Band annual Lifetime of Music event coordinator.

When and why did you start playing? I started playing in 4th grade. I wanted to join because my brother, who is a year older than me, played in band.

What do you enjoy most about playing? I really enjoy the time to clear my head of other responsibilities and just “feel” the music.

Do you have a favorite musical memory? In high school, I got to sit next to John Bruce Yeh for a special concert we played. He is amazing!

What are your musical influences? I was convinced that I hated classical music, until I joined orchestra in high school and played Dvorak’s New World Symphony. That was a big turning point for me.

Who was your most influential music teacher? There were so many! I may have learned the most from my high school choral director, Cheryl Frazes Hill.

Does anyone in your family play music? My parents both played piano, back in the day, but we didn’t have a piano growing up. Now, my husband and my daughter both play the euphonium, and my son and I both play the clarinet.

What’s on your iPod? Is it bad that I don’t have one?

Do you have any advice for young musicians? Don’t give up! I’ve never heard anyone say, “I wish my parents had let me quit playing!”. It is always, “I wish my parents hadn’t let me quit!”

What makes performing with Northshore Concert Band different than performing with other groups? The level of musicianship is incredible, but I’ve stayed so long because of the friendships, networking, and opportunities afforded to us!

List three words to describe the Northshore Concert Band. Professional. Musical. Family.

Please add anything else that you would like our readers to know about you.  I grew up in the North Suburbs, but did not know about the Northshore Band until I was a student at St. Olaf College in MN. I was filling in parts at a conducting symposium and John Paynter was the clinician. Every other sentence he said included something about the Northshore Band. I spoke with him afterwards, came and played for the rest of the summer, auditioned for ‘real’ in the fall, and the rest is history!

 

Learn more about the Northshore Concert Band at http://www.northshoreband.org

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American Composer David Maslanka

On April 23, 2017, the Northshore Concert Band continues its 61st season with Giving Voice to the Silenced. This powerful musical program features two works by acclaimed American composer David Maslanka; California and A Child’s Garden of Dreams.

A Child’s Garden of Dreams  was commissioned by and dedicated to Northshore Concert Band founder John P. Paynter and his wife Marietta Paynter and the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The Northshore Concert Band will perform A Child’s Garden of Dreams at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University in Evanston where it was first performed 35 years ago.  Mr. Maslanka offers up this description of his work:

“A Child’s Garden of Dreams” came about through a commission from John Paynter of Northwestern University. The music was composed in 1981, and the premiere performance was at Northwestern in 1982. Paynter had asked me to write a piece that was the wind equivalent of Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra.” This was a daunting challenge but I said “Sure!” The five movements of “A Child’s Garden” are based on dreams of a young girl who, unknown to her, was at the end of her life. The dreams were presented and discussed by the psychologist, Carl Jung, in his book, “Man and His Symbols.” The dreams are about transition and transformation, a prefiguring of her passing. Jung found it both disturbing and fascinating that such dreams could come through a child. I have long been fascinated by ideas of transformation, in this life, and beyond, and my music is an attempt to capture the central energy of each of the dreams. Sometimes there is graphic illustration as in the third dream where animals grow to an enormous size and devour the girl, and sometimes there is a subtle parallel flow of music and philosophical thought, as in the second dream: “A drunken woman falls into the water and comes out renewed and sober.” What is evoked by both the dreams and the music is a much larger view of life and death than we normally have.”

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The program also features California, premiered February 13, 2016 by the California All-State Wind Symphony and was conducted by Northshore Concert Band’s Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Mallory Thompson. Mr. Maslanka describes this piece:

“California” was written for the the 2016 California All-State Band, and the premiere performance was conducted in San Jose by Mallory Thompson. Music education in California had seen a revival after years of funding cuts, and there was a renewed statewide sense of possibility in public school music teachers. I was asked to write a piece that might reflect some of that new-found energy and purpose. My thinking went deeper to touch some fundamental element of the strength of the California land and its people. The music is quietly and beautifully expressive at the outset, and rises to moments of great intensity before settling once more to a quiet close.”

 

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Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts David Maslanka attended the Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied composition with Joseph Wood. He spent a year at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and did masters and doctoral study in composition at Michigan State University where his principal teacher was H. Owen Reed.

Maslanka’s music for winds has become especially well known. Among his more than 130 works are forty pieces for wind ensemble, including seven symphonies, fifteen concertos, a Mass, and many concert pieces. His chamber music includes four wind quintets, five saxophone quartets, and many works for solo instrument and piano. In addition, he has written a variety of orchestral and choral pieces.

David Maslanka’s compositions are published by Maslanka Press, Carl Fischer, Kjos Music, Marimba Productions, and OU Percussion Press. They have been recorded on Albany, Reference Recordings, BIS (Sweden), Naxos, Cambria, CRI, Mark, Novisse, AUR, Cafua (Japan), Brain Music (Japan), Barking Dog, and Klavier labels. He has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, and since 1990 has been a freelance composer. He now lives in Missoula, Montana. David Maslanka is a member of ASCAP.

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A special thank you to Mr. Maslanka for generously offering us his thoughts on his two beautiful works and for giving permission to reproduce this material.  Please visit his website at www.davidmaslanka.com to learn more about this American composer.

Giving Voice to the Silenced

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois

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Announcing a powerful musical program that honors Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The program, entitled Giving Voice to the Silenced, tells a story of vitality, loss, contemplation and possibility.

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Highlights include a specially constructed and memorable “Remembrance Suite” that includes John Williams’ dramatic Theme from Schindler’s List, Jack Stamps’ Scenes from Terezin which is based on the poems of Ava Scholsova and Fronta Bas, both of whom died in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and Francis McBeths’ beautiful and intense Kaddish. Also included is Lawrence Siegels’ Kaddish Suite which honors the survivors of the Holocaust and rejoices in their spirit. The Houston Examiner describes Kaddish Suite as a “Sweet, shocking, melancholy, uplifting, horrific, and finally, powerfully triumphant.”

The program continues with American composer David Maslanka’s California which premiered February 13, 2016 by the California All-State Wind Symphony and conducted by Northshore Concert Band’s conductor and artistic director Dr. Mallory Thompson.  Program notes from Mr. Maslanka describe this piece:

Music is wonderful. It lets us tell ourselves things we can’t speak out in words. It opens the dream space and lets us dream together. It lets us imagine the world as it really is, a place of vitality, power, and possibility.

We live in fear of destruction, from climate change, nuclear bombs, increasing population, vanishing resources, continuous war. When the troubles are listed like this it is hard to know what we think we are doing with our seemingly simple and innocent music making.

Giving Voice to the Silenced, the third concert of Northshore Concert Band’s 61st season, will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University; 50 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston, Illinois. 

Individual concert tickets are $20 each, seniors $15, students/children $10.
Tickets are available in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert.

The box office opens at 2:00 pm on the day of the concert.

Bring A Group Of 10 Or More And Save!

When you bring a group, it’s easy and inexpensive to experience the world-renowned Northshore Concert Band! Senior groups pay only $10 per person! Student/Children groups pay only $5 each!

All of our concerts are at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Northwestern University Campus in Evanston, Illinois.  It offers outstanding acoustics, easy-access drop-off and pick-up for cars and buses as well as 16 wheelchair accessible seats.

Let us help you plan your group outing today! To receive these special group rates please call 847-432-2263 or email adam@northshoreband.org  to customize your group ticket package today!