« 2016 - 2017 Ridgewood Concert Band Season

Friday, December 9, 2016
West Side Presbyterian Church
Ridgewood, New Jersey

Featured Soloist

Michael Salzman

Prelude Concert - 7:30PM

Randolph High School Wind Ensemble

Professor Michael Salzman has been the Tuba and Euphonium instructor at Hofstra University since 1994. In addition, he has held the position of Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts for the Syosset Central School District since 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University where he studied with Harvey Phillips, and a Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music where he was a student of Warren Deck, former Principal Tubist of the New York Philharmonic. Other important teachers have been Sam Pilafian, Bill Barber, Michael Lind and Paul Krywicki. He also holds degrees in music education and educational administration from Queens College and Hofstra University respectively.

A well known and respected tubist and teacher in the New York metropolitan area, Professor Salzman is a former Principal Tubist of the Long Island Philharmonic and a founding member of the Cosmopolitan Brass Quintet. He also has performed with such groups as The Concert Pops of L.I., the Bridgeport Symphony, the Goldman Band and Max Morath's 92nd Street Y Ragtime Band. Extremely active in the field of music education, he has served as the President of the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) and as All State Band Chair for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). He has also served NYSSMA as a member of their Finance, Government Relations, and Advocacy Committees. In addition to his work at Hofstra and in Syosset, he remains active as a freelance tubist and as a guest conductor.

Program Highlights

Commando March - Samuel Barber
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Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was already an accomplished composer and a professor of composition when World War II began to impact the United States. In September 1942, he began military duty in the Army. After basic training, his evening guard details dwindled and he had a few hours a day to devote to music. His main role was writing music for the Army, but he’d received requests from Serge Koussevitzky, an old friend and conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to write music in support of the war effort. Commando March is highly regarded as one of the cornerstone marches in the wind band literature.

Program notes compiled by Marcie Phelan.

Yiddish Dances - Adam Gorb Learn more   ►

Adam Gorb (b. 1958) is certainly no stranger to people involved in wind band music, as this affable composer from England became extremely popular in America after his first work in the medium, Metropolis, won the Walter Beeler Composition Contest. He is currently Head of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and has provided the following note in the score: "For most composers, the prospect for writing their first symphony is a daunting one. The thought of conceiving a large-scale work offers a challenge that many put off indefinitely and others never attempt. In writing my first symphony I have ignored this colossal weight of expectancy and written a party piece. The mood is light and effervescent as befits an accompaniment to champagne and strawberries on a summer evening. It brings together two of my abiding passions, the Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Klezmer, the folk music of the Yiddish-speaking people. The five movements of the work are all based on set Klezmer dances."

Program notes compiled by Marcie Phelan.

Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn - Norman Dello Joio Learn more   ►

Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008) was born in New York City to Italian immigrants and began his musical career at a young age as an organist and choir director. His father was an organist, pianist, and vocal coach who nurtured his son’s musical path. Dello Joio was a prolific composer in a variety of genres, but is best known for his choral music. Perhaps Dello Joio’s most famous work in the wind ensemble category is his Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn, which was composed for the Michigan State University Wind Ensemble in 1968 and has since been performed thousands of times across the world. This work for band is based on a theme from a composition for piano by Franz Joseph Haydn. The work is set in three movements that provide a varied examination of Haydn’s basic musical idea. Dello Joio has brought the genius of "Papa Haydn" into a genre that keeps a classical giant contemporary.

Program notes compiled by Beth Seavers.

Nutcracker Suite - Tchaikovsky/Lake Learn more   ►

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) wrote the music for a ballet entitled The Nutcracker in 1891 and arranged several numbers from the ballet in the form of a suite for concert use. He did not, however, live to see what a success The Nutcracker would become. It was the last of the three ballets he composed as he died the year after it was first performed. The first full-length American production in San Francisco in 1944 was well received, and in the 1950’s the renowned Russian choreographer George Balanchine recognized that the story would have great appeal to children and thus began staging regular holiday performances in New York City. Since then Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has become an indispensable part of the holiday tradition.

Program notes compiled by Marcie Phelan.

Concerto For Tuba - Tom Davis Learn more   ►

Tom Davis (b. 1959) recently retired as K-12 Music Curriculum Area Lead Teacher and Director of Bands in the Canandaigua City School District, N.Y. after a 33 year career. An active composer and conductor, commissioned by schools throughout the United States, Mr. Davis has published over 150 jazz, concert band, orchestra and chamber works. His composition for solo tuba presented here was written specifically for Michael Salzman, our guest soloist. Mr. Davis states, "This composition is more about the performer than any programmatic idea. Furthermore, it is about sharing among musical forces and the magical gifts that music can generate. The tuba is a great instrument and the listener should be forewarned that it is the Superhero of this musical endeavor. At times this powerful force is beseeching… signaling a call to action. At other times it sets the stage for a joyous celebration."

Program notes compiled by Marcie Phelan.

TubaChristmas Selections

Finale, Symphony No. 3 – Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) is generally referred to as the "Organ Symphony" and the last major effort by the composer in symphonic form. The piece was dedicated to his friend and fellow composer Franz Liszt upon his death. Although the symphony is still performed in the symphonic world, the Finale is the most memorable movement and has been transcribed for wind symphony. The sustained organ chord announcing the Finale is testimony to the grandeur of the piece and the movement contains considerable artistic variety. It includes a massive climax with a show of musical alliance between the winds and the organ. The final sustained organ chord is reflected with the winds that will leave the listener breathless in the dramatic conclusion.

Program notes compiled by Marcie Phelan.

Taps - Eternal Father – Daniel Butterfield (1831-1901) and John B. Dykes (1823-1806) Arranged by Capt. Kenneth R. Force, USMS. The familiar melody of Taps is credited to Union General Daniel Butterfield during the Civil War. The melody was made the official Army bugle call after the war, but was not given the name "Taps" until 1874. The first time "Taps" was played at a military funeral may have been in Virginia, soon after Butterfield composed it. This has become a tradition that continues at military funerals in the present day. Eternal Father Strong to Save is known to United States Navy men and women as the “Navy Hymn”. It is a musical benediction that has had a long and special appeal to seafaring men and women. This arrangement of these two moving melodies places a lone bugler away from the band. The two echo each other back and forth, finally fading away into the night, just as Taps does each evening at sundown. This reverent music is an emotional ride.

Program notes compiled by Marcie Phelan.

The Stars and Stripes Forever – John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) is considered the finest march ever written, and one of the most patriotic ever conceived. The march was not so well received at first, yet its popularity grew as Sousa used it during the Spanish-American War as a concert closer. Audiences would rise from their chairs when the march was played. Sousa added to the entertainment value of the march by having the piccolo up in front of the band for the final trio, and then added the brass section to join on the final repeat of the strain. The march was performed on almost all of Sousa's concerts and always drew an emotional response from the audience. In 1987 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law that designated the Stars and Stripes as the official march of the United States of America. This march continues in the present day to stir patriotic emotion from audiences both home and abroad.

Program notes compiled by Marcie Phelan.