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Band, choir to perform in separate concerts

April 5, 2014 at 8:02 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2014 at 11:05 p.m.

The Crossroads Community Band

Crossroads music fans will have their listening pleasure doubled when the Crossroads Community Band and Victoria College Choir and the Victoria Civic Chorus perform in two separate concerts.

The Crossroads Community Band will perform a "Band Geeks Unite" concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

Featured will be traditional instrumental concert band music that ranges from John Philip Sousa marches, operatic music by Puccini to great American Blues by Jack End.

Symphony music from the "Lord of the Rings" film will also be performed, said Ken Peach, Crossroads Community Band music director.

The band rehearses Tuesday nights in the Victoria College band hall. The group is affiliated with Victoria College, and students may enroll in the band for VC music ensemble credit.

Founded in 2009, the Crossroads Community Band consists of instrumentalists from all walks of life including retirees, teachers, doctors, librarians, engineers, computer specialists, business professionals, high school and college students and musicians.

For more information, contact Peach at 361- 788-9335 or email Kenneth.Peach@VISD.net.

On Friday, the Victoria College Choir and the Victoria Civic Chorus will perform a concert featuring the works of classical composer Franz Haydn at 7:30 p.m. in the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. This concert is also free and open to the public.

Under the direction of VC Music Professor Marylynn Fletcher, the chorus will perform eight of the 11 choruses in Haydn's "The Seasons." Several choruses have soprano, tenor and bass trios.

Soprano soloists are Eugenie Fuhrman, Olivia Davis and Chelsey Sanders. Tenor soloists are Adam Gonzales and Robert Posey. Bass soloists are Quinton Jones and Duane Roth.

The work is written for a chorus and three vocal soloists representing rural life of 1750-1800 and is based on a long English poem by James Thomson titled "The Seasons," Fletcher said. The oratorio, a semi-dramatic work for orchestra and voices, is divided into four parts corresponding to spring, summer, autumn, and winter. It includes recitatives, arias, choruses and trios. This performance will use a piano reduction instead of an orchestra.

"Some of the remarkable choruses depict a summer thunderstorm, a wine celebration after the harvest, and indoor winter scenes such as a spinning song and storytelling song," Fletcher said. "The work ends with a rousing chorus for double chorus and trio. The music historian Charles Rosen said of this oratorio, 'It is among the greatest works of the century.'"

The Victoria Civic Chorus is a nonprofit organization of singers from Victoria and surrounding communities that started in the 1940s by the Victoria Music Club. Its members are teachers, librarians, chemical engineers, plant workers and individuals of many professions who enjoy singing in choirs. The group rehearses Thursday evenings.

The Welder Center is at 214 N. Main St. in downtown Victoria.

For more information, contact Fletcher at 361-572-6425 or email Marylynn.Fletcher@VictoriaCollege.edu.

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