Sheldon Theatre Brass Band performs March 30 at The Phipps
The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band will perform in concert on Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The award-winning 30-piece band was founded in 1989 as the resident performing ensemble at the newly-restored, turn-of-the-century, T. B. Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, Minn. It is currently enjoying its 25th season of music-making. It employs the instrumentation of the traditional British-style brass band and plays marches, overtures, classical transcriptions, jazz, and film music.
In addition to its regular performances at the Sheldon Theatre, it performs at a variety of venues throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin, and has performed at many festivals throughout the United States including the North American Brass Band Association championships, the Chicago Open, and the Great American Brass Band Festival. It released its fifth compact disc, “Black, White & Blue,” in 2009.
Its program will include the following selections:
“Carmen Fantasy” is a virtuosic work written for Doc Severinson and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra which includes all the great parts from Bizet’s famous opera. It features trumpet soloist Keith Thompson, who was the band’s soprano cornet for six years.
“Call of the Cossacks” is a highly entertaining five-movement piece that takes the listener on a journey to the mysterious East with “Procession of the Tartars,” “Gypsy Dream,” “Cossack Wedding Dance,” and more.
“The Hounds of Spring” is a popular work for wind ensemble by American composer Alfred Reed. Its brass band premiere is made possible by the skillful transcription by band member Steve Ritzenthaler.
“Ad Astra,” meaning “to the stars,” is an exciting fanfare/overture by Norwegian composer Jacob Larsen.
Two film music favorites are “La Passarella di Addio,” from Fellini’s 1963 classic “8 1/2,” and
“The Incredibles,” the superhero soundtrack from the animated Disney hit of 2004.
“The North Star” is a classic British march from the pen of William Rimmer.
Gabriel Faure’s beautiful and familiar “Pavane” will also be performed.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at www.ThePhipps.org.