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Pagosa Springs Community Band to present Fall Concert

The Pagosa Springs Community Band will present its Fall Concert on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium.

Admission to the concert is free.

The band is under the skilled direction of Larry Baisdon , a retired music educator who hails from the Houston, Texas, area and who is well known in Pagosa for his trumpet and horn playing, as well as his beautiful bass voice.

The band is fortunate to have many talented volunteer musicians and features a full ensemble of brass, percussion, strings and woodwind instruments.

The group will be presenting several pieces such as Tchaikovsky’s exciting “1812 Overture.” The “1812 Overture” was written by Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate Russia’s defense of the homeland against Napoleon’s invading army. The piece has little connection with United States history besides the fact that the United States was also fighting a war in 1812. However, one interesting tie to the United States is that Tchaikovsky conducted the piece at the dedication of Carnegie Hall on May 5, 1891, and over time it has become a staple at our own Fourth of July celebrations as a symbol of triumph and freedom.

The band will also play an exciting piece called “The Wedding Dance,” by Jacques Press, a Russian-born composer who immigrated to the United States in 1926. He became known in Hollywood as a composer and arranger of songs and scores for films. The “Hasseneh,” or “Wedding Dance,” was composed by Press in 1955 and is a fast and furious compilation of traditional Jewish instrumental folk music that will leave your toes tapping.

Our program will also feature Malinda Fultz, our new middle school music director, conducting a stirring arrangement of the haunting, traditional melody “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and Irving Berlin’s light-hearted “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” In addition to conducting, Malinda plays both alto saxophone and clarinet in our band.

The Pagosa Springs Community Band is very pleased to welcome Kathy Wadenpfuhl, recent transplant from Texas, who in addition to playing flute, will be conducting the Andante and Rondo movements from Mozart’s “Horn Concerto in E Flat Major,” written in 1786. This wonderful classical piece’s Rondo movement creates visions of hunting calls and will feature our soloist for the evening, D’Ann Artis, on French horn. D’Ann is an accomplished horn player who presents this piece with precision and fine Mozart styling.

Listeners will also enjoy three small ensembles.

First, the Divertimento String Quartet will play a lively tango. The Divertimento String Quartet has been playing in the Pagosa Springs area for the past four years and enjoys playing both classical pieces and modern popular selections.

Our second small ensemble, The Pagosa Brass Quintet, formed from within the band’s membership, will be playing “Mozart Moments”. The more Mozart, the merrier!

Our last small ensemble will highlight our many talented clarinetists with a clarinet sextet playing Scott Joplin’s popular “The Entertainer.”

Please join us for an evening of stirring concert band music. We look forward to welcoming you to our Fall Concert.

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