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SVCC Spring Band and Choir Concert Travels the World on Friday, April 25th at the Historic Dixon Theatre

The Sauk Valley Community College Band and Choir will perform their annual Spring Concert on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Historic Dixon Theatre. The concert is free to the public and the concert will feature music from four continents.

The growing SVCC Concert Choir will be performing a diverse program of 20th and 21st Century choral works ranging from folk, pop, and classical genres. The choir’s folk selections include a Come to Me, O My Love By Allen Robert Petker of San Pedro CA, and an arrangement of the Hebrew folk song Bashana Haba’ah (Next Year) by John Leavitt. The song will be sung in Hebrew. The choir will feature two Latin language settings by European composers. The first European composition is The Ground by the Norwegian composer Ola Gjello. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir recently performed this work. The second European work on the program is Oculus Non Vidit by Latvian composer Rihards Dubra. The National Lutheran Choir that recently visited Dixon has sung this work. Dubra’s work is the most eclectic of the songs on the concert. The next two works are in English, but were composed by a Russian and New Zealander. The first is an English setting of Pavel Tschesnokoff’s Russian hymn Salvation is Created. The second work is a setting of Emily Dickinson’s poem The Moon is Distant from the Sea as set by David N. Childs. We conclude the choir’s portion of the concert back in the United States with an a-cappella arrangement of two pop songs by Savanna, Illinois native Mark Miller. Miller is a former student of conductor Mark Bressler and currently is enrolled in the Music Education program at North Central University in Naperville, IL.

The concert band will perform four selections after a ten-minute intermission. The first selection is a Suite of Old American Dances as composed by American Broadway orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett. The dances include a cakewalk, schottische, Western one-step, waltz, and a rag. The second selection is medley of Henry Mancini’s movie themes. Mancini! features music from several films. Selections include Baby Elephant Walk, Moon River, and Hatari. The third and fourth selections will require the use of the Historic Dixon Theatre’s theatre pipe organ. The SVCC is pleased to present Polka and Fugue from the Czech composer Jaromir Weinberger’s opera Schwanda, the Bagpiper and Alfred Reed’s Alleluia Laudamus Te. The organ will be played by SVCC music major Daniel Hazel a sophomore from Rock Falls, IL. This will mark the first time the pipe organ has been used with a concert band at the theatre, so don’t miss out on this historic concert.