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Appalachian Symphony Band performs “Colors” Oct. 8

BOONE—Colors is the theme of the Appalachian Symphony Band concert Oct. 8 at Appalachian State University. All of the compositions to be performed by the band all feature a color in their title.

The free concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Kevin G. Richardson will conduct.

The program opens with “Color” by Bob Margolis. The composition is based on five English folk dances. The title refers to the “instrumental” color of the composition, which includes an improvisatory, playful and mischievous treatment.

Next on the program is John Mackey’s “Hymn to a Blue Hour” written in 2010. The title refers to twilight after sundown, before darkness sets in. Mackey musically captures the romantic and spiritual characteristics of this time of day.

A march titled “The Purple Pageant” will follow. Written by Karl L. King and edited by John P. Paynter, the composition was dedicated in 1933 to a former director of bands at Northwestern University and honors the university’s marching band whose uniforms feature a deep purple hue.

Next is Percy Grainger’s “Themes from ‘Green Bushes,’” based on folksongs from recordings he collected during in his career. “Green Bushes” was one of the best known folksongs in England. The opening melody is repeated in compositions by Ralph Vaughn Williams as well was Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy.”

The concert concludes with “The Red Machine” written in 2004 by Peter Graham. The composition was commissioned for the London-based Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards known for their precision marching and famous changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, which has led to their nickname: The Red Machine.