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, Introductionby 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, 2018at 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!
It’s almost time again for our big Memorial Day Concert — this year, being performed ON MEMORIAL DAY (Monday, May 30). What better way to enjoy your day off of work than to attend a patriotic concert in the blessedly air conditioned Koger Center for the Arts?
In addition to our standard patriotic fare, this year’s concert will feature another original piece composed by John Moody, talented son of our esteemed conductor emeritus Dr. William Moody.
The PCB will also be welcoming a special guest conductor (yet to be announced!) to the podium to close our Memorial Day concert. At the beginning of the month, we held a contest to offer a U.S. military veteran to conduct the PCB in the playing of our National March, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa. We look forward to honoring our guest with this unique opportunity. Please come out on Memorial Day to show this and all of our veterans our support, and help us honor all of our fallen servicemen and women this Memorial Day.
Wow! Thanks to everyone who made it out to our performance at the Koger Center on Saturday night. What did you think? (For you audience members, could you tell we were having a blast–literally?)
One concert down, and one more to go this month. The PCB is off to Charleston, SC next Saturday to perform the finale concert for the National Band Association convention at the Gaillard Center–right around the corner from Emanuel AME Church.
We’d love your help spreading the word to your Charleston area friends! Details can be found here, or you can invite them to our Facebook event page. Your help getting the word out is the best publicity we could hope for, and we’d love to fill that concert hall!