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History comes alive at NIC Mother's Day Concert

In the century-old tradition of concerts in the park, the North Idaho College Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers will host its annual free Mother’s Day Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11 in Coeur d’Alene City Park.

With NIC Band Director Terry Jones and Choral Instructor Max Mendez conducting, the Mother’s Day Concert typically draws up to 1,000 concert-goers to enjoy music titles picked out to perfectly complement mom’s special day. The concert will pay homage to history’s heroes and some of our country’s finest moments.

 

“The Star Spangles Banner”           arranged by John Williams

            The Star Spangled Banner” holds a unique place in our nation’s musical heritage. As our National Anthem, it has been performed an unfathomable number of times, in every conceivable arrangement, and it stands as an enduring symbol in the collective memory of all Americans. It tells of our flag’s passage through a dark and dangerous night, and as a metaphor, it serves as a prayer for the safe continuation of our country’s journey toward the realization of its best aspirations. Williams’ version of our national anthem was arranged for the 2004 Rose Bowl ceremonies. 

 

“Sawdust City Celebration”            by Michael Sweeney

 

Written as a tribute to the many lumber mills of “Sawdust City,” Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Wind Symphony performs this medley of American folk tunes attempting to take the listener back to the pioneer days when lumber mills spotted the lake shore and when logs moved freely up and down the lake.

 

“Whisper to Their Souls”     by Samuel Hazo

The title “Whisper to Their Souls” is from John Donne’s touching poem “A in character: Valediction Forbidding Mourning” 

            As virtuous men pass mildly away,

                        And as whisper to their souls go,

            Whilst some of their sad friends do say

                        The breath goes now, and some say, No.

“The poem talks about two people who say goodbye, but have a love between them that is so “refined,” absence from each other has no effect on their emotions. This is the message I want to convey with this piece as it translates perfectly to memorial sentiments as well,” said composer Samuel Hazo. The musical theme throughout the piece centers around the familiar folksong “Greensleves.” 

 

“Spoon River”                       by Percy Grainger and arranged by Robert Sheldon

Australian composer Percy Grainger is known for his collection of phonograph recordings of old English folksong and fiddle tunes. Grainger turned many of these folksong and fiddle tunes into arrangements for wind band. The tune “Spoon River” was one of those fiddle tunes he arranged. “The tune very archaic in character; typically American, yet akin to certain Scottish and English dance-tune types,” Grainger said.

 

Arlington  (Where Giants Lie Sleeping)      by Paul Murtha

 

Arlington is a tribute to the generations of American Servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom.  Their selfless service and sacrifice in defense of our country and ways of life has made them giants in our minds, as they find their eternal rest in Arlington and throughout the rest of the country.

 

“Beyond the Clouds and Into the Heavens”           by Richard L. Saucedo

 

The title of this composition speaks for itself.

 

“Legacy of Honor”               by Jay Bocook

“Legacy of Honor” stands as a tribute to all the area band directors who dedicate themselves to teaching music without the pursuit of personal gain or accolade. 

 

Stephen Foster Medley         arranged by Andrew Sibulesky

Local NIC Chorale member, Andrew Sibulesky, takes us on a ride through some of Stephen Foster’s most memorable folksongs.   This collection is as American as aplle pie and baseball.  See how many of the melodies you can identify.

 

“Today is a Gift”                   by Samuel Hazo

“Tomorrow is a mystery. Yesterday is history. Today is a Gift” – African proverb

“Today is a Gift” celebrates the courageous act of Rosa Parks and reminds us of the power of one person who is armed with the truth. We have a duty to carry on Mrs. Parks’ example. We must never tolerate even the smallest social injustice. In a letter from jail, Dr. Martin Luther King summarized this by saying “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

 

The Chamber Singers will be performing four pieces.

“Frühlingsfeier” by Felix Mendelssohn, celebrates the wonders and miracle of springtime and its relation to the Easter season.

“I will give you music” and “The Luckiest” are dedicated to Mother’s Day. “I will give you music” is a recent composition by NIC Alumni, Jesse Hampsch and speaks of the dedication of mentors to their students. “The Luckiest” is a popular song written by Ben Folds.

The Chamber Singers will also perform the “Overture from William Tell” by Gioachino Rossini. 



For More Information
NIC Band Director Terry Jones, (208) 769-3258 or terry_jones@nic.edu or NIC Choral Instructor Max Mendez, (208) 769-3275 or max_mendez@nic.edu



Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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