Millennium Band to present 'Symphonic Episodes'
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Lake Oswego's Millennium Concert Band will present "Symphonic Episodes" at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, in the Lakeridge High School auditorium.
Keeping with the band's tradition, the program will include a variety of musical styles performed at a standard of excellence audiences have grown to expect. The concert is free and open to all.
Attendees are encouraged to come early to view art by local artists and listen to pre-concert music by the Millennium Winds Quintet in the lobby starting at 6:45 p.m. A special feature of the night will be the announcement of scholarship winners for 2018 from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools.
The evening's opening piece, "Monument," was composed by Robert W. Smith to evoke images of Colorado's state parks. The band will also play two rousing marches, including "Purple Pageant" by Karl King and "The Yorktown Centennial" by John Philip Sousa. Jeff Binns will add a euphonium solo on "Czardas."
"Our signature poiece for this concert was composed by Brian Balmages, whose music has been widely performed by major symphonies and concert bands around the world," says Band Director Dale Cleland. "This outstanding composition of his, 'Symphonic Episodes,' is a delightful three-movement piece written for concert band that is melodic, rhythmic, technically difficult, fun to play and, hopefully for you, enjoyable to hear.
"We also have brought back one of our band members' all-time favorites, 'Silverado' for this concert," Cleland adds. "It is the music from the movie of the same name and brings back good memories for our band members, as it was enthusiastically appreciated by the audience when we performed it for the National Convention of Concert Bands in San Ramon, Calif., in 2013."
Cleland says the concert will also include a guest conductor, Ryan Lewis, who plays trumpet in the band and is also a music teacher. He will conduct "Pilatus, Mountain of Dragons" for the concert.
"We know you will all enjoy 'Bali Ha'i,' 'Oklahoma,' 'Getting to Know You,' 'The Carousel Waltz' and 'Climb Every Mountain' from a collection of Broadway musicals written by Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers called the 'Golden Age of Broadway,'" Cleland says. "Our encore, "Bill Bailey," is always a favorite and will send everyone home happy."
The concert is free. Lakeridge High is located at 1235 Overlook Drive in Lake Oswego. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 503-603-0511.