Brass Band Northwest has an exciting season planned and we hope you can join us for all of our concerts!
We open our season with musical travelogues taken from great literature including Candide, Pilgrims Progress, Romeo and Juliet, and The Unfortunate Traveller. Pilgrim’s Progress is a Christian allegory first published in 1678 and continuously in print ever since. Philip Wilby portrays the key moments of the story which are connected by short excerpts from the text. Imogen Holst, daughter of Gustav Holst, wrote The Unfortunate Traveler when she was still in her teens which is based on the picaresque novel by Thomas Nashe of the same name. We complete our year of celebration of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with two of his most popular works: Overture to Candide and his retelling of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story.
Our Christmas program is an evening of seasonal pops and light classics enjoyable for the whole family. The concert is named for a work by Ottorino Respighi–composer of the popular Pines of Rome–which describes the painting by Botticelli of the same name. The painting depicts the three wise men and the shepherds gathered around the baby. This program will likewise focus on music depicting the those who came to witness the baby.
In March, Seattle Choral Company and Brass Band Northwest under the direction of Freddie Coleman join forces to present The Armed Man – a mass for peace by Karl Jenkins. This hour long work is based on L’Homme armé, a secular melody that was used as the basis for numerous mass settings in the Renaissance. By combining texts from Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions, Carl Jenkins transforms this music into a plea for world peace.
We conclude our season at BelPres with an exuberant explosion of music! This program features exciting music from many genres ranging from the art music style of Celebration by Donald Coakley through the vibrant score from Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer to the almost surreal Toy Trumpet of Raymond Scott.
Brass Band Northwest endeavors to provide opportunities for talented young musicians and are proud to feature Jonathan Holder, cornet on this concert. Jonathan is a high school student from Olympia and is the first winner of Stand in Front of the Band! He attended the Northwest Music Festival in 2018 and was so taken with the sound of brass bands that he commuted from Olympia to perform with us last spring.
Dr. Scott Meredith, Associate Professor of Trumpet at the University of Wyoming, will appear as soloist for our upcoming concert, On The Town. Scott will perform Song and Dance by Philip Sparke. The six minute solo is both strikingly beautiful in lyricism and captivating in energetic virtuosity.
Additional works on the program include Diversions by Derek Bourgeois, “Three Dances from On The Town” by Leonard Bernstein, the main theme from The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino and a few additional surprises.
On The Town – 7:30pm June 16, 2018
Bellevue Presbyterian Church
1717 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
This past fall Brass Band Northwest began searching for exceptional high school musicians to stand in front of the band and perform a solo. Our first guest performer will be Jonathan Holder from Olympia. He plans to perform the “Slavische Fantasie” by Carl Höhone in June 2019. We look forward to working with Jonathan.
If you are a talented high school or middle school performer, get in touch and perhaps you could be the next student to Stand In Front of the Band!
John DiCesare, principal tubist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, will appear at NWBF-2018 for a masterclass/recital. Previously, he was Principal Tuba of the Louisville Orchestra. John has performed with orchestras nationwide, notably the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. During the summer months, John plays in the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. John is also a dedicated teacher who has held teaching positions at Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Indiana University Southeast, and Campbellsville University.
Dr. John Falskow is Director of Instrumental Music at Tacoma Community College, where he has also served as Chair of the Music Department. John conducts the TCC Orchestra, TCC Symphonic Band, and teaches a variety of classes in the music curriculum. In addition to duties at TCC, John is the conductor of Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble and formerly the conductor of Puget Brass. Falskow is an active conductor, music educator, and trumpeter in the Northwest region.
As a guest conductor, John has made numerous appearances including: Tacoma Concert Band, Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra, Bremerton Symphony, Tallahassee Youth Symphony, the Big Bend Community Orchestra, the Evergreen Music Festival, and Brass Unlimited. John has also worked with countless school ensembles throughout the Southeast and the Pacific Northwest. John was the conductor of the Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra and an assistant conductor of the Bremerton Symphony. Prior to these activities, John served as an Assistant Professor of Music at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He was also the band director at Mason Middle School in Tacoma.
John completed his Ph.D. in Music Education at Florida State University, where he also conducted many of the university’s ensembles. John’s education also includes degrees from Washington State University and the Puget Sound.