Clarinet Virtuosity and Favorite Commissions to
Highlight Concord Band's Winter Concert
Concord, Mass., February 12, 2008 The Concord Band's Winter
Concert will feature guest soloist Ethan Sloane, Professor of Clarinet at
Professor Sloane will play Carl Maria von Weber's Concertino for
Clarinet, one of the most popular solo pieces for the clarinet and one
that helped establish the clarinet as a leading instrument for the
expression of Romantic music.
In addition, the March 1st concert will continue to spotlight previous
commissions by the Band in anticipation of the Band's Fiftieth Anniversary
Concert next year.
Professor Sloane earned his Bachelor of Music degree at New England
Conservatory, and Masters and Doctorate degrees at Yale University.
As soloist and recitalist, Professor Sloane has appeared extensively
throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
He founded the Virginia-based Hampden-Sydney Music Festival in 1980 and
still serves as the Artistic Director of this prestigious chamber music
His devotion to the extensive solo and chamber music literature for
clarinet has earned critical acclaim, and his editions of masterworks by
Brahms and Mozart have received wide acceptance.
Concord Band Music Director Dr. William G. McManus has chosen to feature
several pieces that were either commissioned by the Band, or written by
composers of other Concord Band commissions.
The concert will open with Triumphant Entrance, composed by Warren
Barker for the Band in 1991, which features fanfares and a processional
Another Concord Band commission will conclude the program.
Welsh Variants, a 1988 commission composed by James Curnow, is a
theme and variations based on the Welsh folk song "Suo Gan."
The Band will also present a work by Roger Cichy, who has been selected
to write the Band's next commission, which is to be premiered at the
Fiftieth Anniversary Concert.
Colours is Cichy's impressionistic six-movement suite in which each
movement represents a different color.
From Every Horizon is a musical portrayal of New York City by Norman
Dello Joio, composer in 1975 of the Band's first commission, Satiric
In addition, Assistant Conductor Paul Berler will also conduct two pieces
on the program: Gustav Holst's classic First Suite in E♭ for
Military Band and Crown Imperial, a concert march by William
The concert begins at 8:00 pm at 51 Walden Street in Concord.
Tickets are $10.00 each ($5 for students and seniors) and are available at
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Concord Cultural
Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural
Council, a state agency.
The Concord Band, founded in 1959, is one of the leading community
concert bands in the United States.
It is well known for its innovative programming and the exceptional quality
of its commissioned pieces.
It presents both formal and Pops concerts throughout the year.
Thousands attend its summer concerts at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard,
Massachusetts, each year.
For additional information, contact Peter Norton,
Concord Band Publicity.
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