The genre of symphonic band occupies an interesting niche in music, its devotees being both wind instrumentalists and extremely dedicated listeners. For the layman unfamiliar with the genre, think of it as a symphony orchestra in which the strings have been replaced by additional wind instruments.
Next week, there will be two great opportunities for Knoxville symphonic band enthusiasts and newbies. On Tuesday, March 19, the University of Tennessee School of Music and its wind ensemble program present the spring installment of its regularly programmed symphonic band and concert band concerts. The concert is 8 pm in the James R. Cox Auditorium in UT's Alumni Memorial Building. (As of this writing, I did not have the program details.) Free
On Wednesday, March 20, the College of Wooster's Scot Symphonic Band will make a concert stop in Knoxville performing at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Knoxville at 620 State Street. Freewill contributions accepted.
"Directed by Thomas Roblee and assisted by Ned Brooks, the band has entertained audiences nationwide during its annual spring tour, which began in 1976. The ensemble's distinctive uniforms consist of kilts with hand-sewn pleats made from the College's MacLeod Tartan plaid, representing its Scottish Presbyterian heritage. Each Scot Band concert includes the traditional music of Scotland by the bagpipers, drummers, and Highland dancers."
The concert will open with Paul Hindemith's "March from Symphonic Metamorphosis" followed by Healey Willan's "Royce Hall Suite" in three movements. Robert Sheldon's "As a Wind from the North" Other selections include Norman Dello Joio's Scenes from "The Louvre" based on Ancient Airs in five movements; "Untitled" by Jordan Key; George Gershwin's "The Symphonic Gershwin," arranged by Warren Barker; and John Philip Sousa's "Sempre Fidelis."The concert will conclude with the band's rendition of "Amazing Grace." Following that, The College of Wooster Pipe Band and Highland dancers will perform a set of Scottish bagpipe music.