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Folk-song inspired compositions highlight April 25 concert band performance

BOONE—Marches, pastoral melodies and folksongs are genres of music that highlight an April 25 performance by the Appalachian Concert Band. The free concert begins at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University.

John Stanley Ross and graduate student Les Turner conduct.

The program opens with Camille Saint-Saens’ “Pas Redouble Op. 86.” The composition was originally written for piano. The double quickstep arrangement for band is by Arthur Frackenpohl.

Eric Whitacre’s “October” was inspired by the composer’s favorite month and its crisp fall temperatures and warm autumn light. “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli was written to evoke the sense of a town festival on a sunny day.

John Barnes Chance’s “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” was inspired by his time in South Korea while a member of the Eighth U.S. Army Band.

The program concludes with “Arabian Dances” by Brian Balmages. The piece draws inspiration from Arabian folk music and traditional instruments as well as the sounds of contemporary Arabian music.

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