The Firebird


Our band members are hard at work to prepare for our next concert! Coming up on February 10, 2018, we will be pleased to present to our Columbia audience (and then some!) Stravinksky’s The Firebird, Suite 1919.

The Firebird, a suite originally written for full orchestra as a ballet, was rescored by Stravinsky a few years later for Symphonic Winds. This iconic literature weaves a story of Prince Ivan encountering monsters, falling in love with a princess, and befriending the mythical firebird whose lullabye can put the most evil beasts to rest. For a more in-depth explanation of the music and story, we encourage checking out this educational video from KhanAcademy:

In addition to The Firebird, we will also present several more engaging and well known pieces of music:

  • Also Sprach Zarathustra, Introduction by Richard Strauss/trans. Mark Rogers
  • The Planets, 1st Movement – Mars by Gustav Holst
  • A KLEZMER Tribute by Eric Richards
  • Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold/arr. Paynter;

This concert will be performed on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Koger Center for the Arts as part of the 40th Annual USC Band Clinic. This event  is free and open to the public. The performance is general admission, so plan to arrive early for prime seating!

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