Sunday, May 17, 2009

The last Spring Concert

The last of the Spring concerts will be held on Sunday June 7th at 3 PM in the Schwan Concert Hall on the campus of Wisconsin Lutheran College. The Milwaukee Festival Brass will present Intergalactic Brass.

The concert will feature some great music all associated with stars and sky. Music from Star Trek and Star Wars along with Hoagy Carmichael's Stardust fill the pop side of the concert. Great transcriptions of Holst's Mars and Jupiter show off great technical facility from the brass.

The feature of the program is the US Premier of Judith Bingham's The Stars Above the Earth Below, a monumental work inspired by a poem of W.B. Yeats. It's a story tells of a large winged bird that flies over the strife torn country. Using a vast array of notes it is posslble to hear the wings of the bird. Bingham uses some very interesting combinations of instruments to paint fairytale world through sound.

Judith Bingham is a living, British composer. In 1977 she received the BBC's Young Composer award. She has written a great deal of choral music for the King's Singers, conductor Peter Pears and the BBC Singers, of which she was a member for 11 years.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for Students and Seniors. For more information, see the Milwaukee Festival Brass web site:

Also, don't forget the Memorial Day concerts on May 25th. Remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to play in and support Community Music Groups. We owe them our way of life!

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