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Appalachian Symphony Band and Trombone Choir perform Dec. 3

BOONE—The Appalachian Symphony Band’s Dec. 3 program, “Hymns, Carols, and Elves!,” features whimsical, spiritual and rousing works for brass, woodwinds and percussionists.

The 8 p.m. performance will be in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

Dr. Kevin Gray Richardson from the Hayes School of Music conducts along with graduate students Onsby C. Rose and Matthew Brusseau. The concert also will feature the Appalachian Trombone Choir directed by Dr. Drew C. Leslie.

The program begins with “Evil Elves,” written by James Kazik and featuring the trombone choir. The composition showcases the musical versatility of the trombone through the use of mutes, extended ranges and advanced techniques to capture the antics of elves.

The band will perform Fred J. Allen’s “Moravian Hymn Dance,” based on the hymn “Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” and “God of Our Fathers” by Claude T. Smith and based on the original hymn written by George W. Warren.

Also on the program is Ron Nelson’s “Morning Alleluias for the Winter Solstice.” The composition was inspired by conductor Frederick Fennell’s experience waking in his hotel room in Hiroshima to a brilliant sunrise. Fennell commissioned Nelson to write a composition that would celebrate the triumph of the people of Hiroshima following World War II. The composition was premiered by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in 1989.

The holiday season will be celebrated with a performance of the English folksong “Greensleeves” and Grainger’s “The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol.”

The band also will perform Johann Strauss Jr.’s fast-paced “Thunder and Lightning Polka,” known for the composer’s use of tympani and cymbals to represent the sound of thunder and lightning.

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