Saturday Night Barn Dance by Michael Vertoske
Yee-haw! A lively way to get the concert started. Players and audience members will be tapping their foot throughout this one.
Fantasy on a Welsh Folksong by Robert E. Foster
The beautiful tune "All Through the Night" is presented and developed throughout this short selection. A recognizeable tune, and a chance to play a rich melody!
Stardance by Michael Sweeney
Sweeney has a gift for combining modern composition with accessible music. The opening sounds can almost make you see stars beginning to emerge in a darkened sky, and ethereal chords evoke the expansive cosmos... then the percussion really get going!
Shadowplay by Robert Buckley
This beautiful piece uses gentle harmonic sequences to great effect. It features a solo soprano saxophone.
Dusk by Steven Bryant
Evoking the moments after sunset, this is a powerful piece of music.
Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens, arranged by Eric Osterling
Approaching midnight, and all sorts of things go bump in the night...
This link takes you to an orchestral version. Ours will be a bit shorter.
Prelude in C# minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff, arranged by Robert Longfield
The opening notes convey darkness and gloom, and allude to the sound of bells chiming in the end. Here are three versions for you to listen to...
The original piano version, played by Rubinstein,
a version for orchestra, as arranged by the inimitable Leopold Stokowski,
and the version for concert band that we'll be playing.
Selections from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
This is a full and intense arrangement of the biggest tunes from the show. UCCB2005's version is posted here for comparision. And for musical theatre fans: the show arrives in Toronto this December. Get your tickets now!
A major vocal accomplishment for any operatic soprano, this version is written for solo flute, and will be performed by our own Sarah Pollard.
Blanche Comme La Neige by Harry Freedman
Is there anything more beautiful than a snow-covered field lit by moonlight?
This was a close second in our popular choice, and since we have family connections, it seemed only right to include it.
Nessun Dorma by Giocomo Puccini, arranged by Johnnie Vinson
"None shall sleep" from the opera Turandot, and Pavarotti's signature tune.
Night in the Tropics by Louis Gottschalk, arranged by Mark Williams
Our concerts are always on hot summer nights, so this will make our audience feel like they're in a Havana club!
With 64% of the band voting, as of August 31, the top three choices, in alphabetical order are:
1. Into the Storm
2. Marriage of Figaro
3. Pirates of the Caribbean
Votes are given weighting according to each person's attendance record.
The separation between the top two contenders is 3.59 votes.
Make your vote count! Cast your ballot today!