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Appalachian Repertory Orchestra and Concert Band perform Dec. 6

BOONE—Musical drama could be the theme of the Dec. 6 performance of the Appalachian Repertory Orchestra and Appalachian Concert Band.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The Appalachian Repertory Orchestra performs first, opening the program with Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain.” Dr. Francis T. Borkowski is guest conductor,

Also known as “St. John’s Night on Bald Mountain,” the composition was inspired by Russian folklore  associated with pagan ceremonies held  prior to the summer solstice.

Justin Hammonds is the guest conductor for Gabriel Fauré’s “Pavane.” The composition’s slow, rhythmic pace was based on the grand marches that preceded court processions in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The orchestra also will perform two movements from Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt: Suite,” written for Henrik Ibsen’s stage adaptation of the Peer Gynt fairy tale. “Morning” depicts the dawn of morning. “In the Hall of the Mountain King” depicts Gynt’s escape from mountain trolls.

The Appalachian Concert Band opens its portion of the concert with “Brighton Beach March” conducted by Justin Hammonds. Composed in 1954, the piece was written in the style of the British march.

Les Turner conducts “Africa:  Ceremony, Song and Ritual” based on the primitive folk music of Western Africa. The lush composition features a variety of percussion instruments.

Jon Stanley Ross conducts “Gandalf the Wizard” from Johan de Meij’s “Symphony No. 1 – Lord of the Rings.” Premiered in 1998, the symphony is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy.

Bach’s “Fantasia in G Major” will be conducted by Les Turner. The composition was transcribed for band by R.F. Goldman and Robert Leist. Goldman was the first bandmaster to include Bach’s works in the concert band repertoire.