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Appalachian’s Symphonic Band Performs March 1

BOONE–Appalachian State University’s own music man Jay Jackson leads trombones, trumpets, coronets, piccolos and more during a symphonic band concert March. 1.

The free concert begins at 8 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall.

Jackson directs the Marching Mountaineers marching band and Cannon Music Camp.

The program “Strickly British!” features works of British composers.

William Walton’s “Crown Imperial, A Coronation March” was commissioned for the coronation of King George VI and first performed at the coronation ceremony in 1937.

“Diversions” by Philip Sparke was commissioned by the Solothurnischer Kantonal Musicverband as the 1st Division test piece for a competition held in the Canton of Solothrn, Switserland, in June 1999. It is a set of variations on a folk song dating to the 19th century.

“Six English Folk Songs” was written by Ralph Vaughn Williams and arranged by William G. Harbinson, associate dean in Appalachian’s School of Music. The piece was originally written for cello and is a collection of folk melodies, which have been transcribed for many solo instruments.

“Dance of the Spirits of Fire” by Gustav Holst premiered in 1923 as part of Holst’s ballet “The Perfect Fool” at Covent Garden. The ballet has been characterized as Holst’s acknowledgement of the Wagner influence upon his writing. Listeners should be able to conjure mental images of intense and animated flames.

Malcolm Arnold’s “H.R.H. Duke of Cambridge” is a stirring march composed in 1957 for the centennial of the Royal Military School of Music.