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The St. Olaf Band, dubbed “one of America’s preeminent bands” by The New Yorker, will perform at McKinney High School as part of its 2013 national tour. You may have seen their Band, Orchestra and Choir performances on PBS during the Holiday season each year.
The concert will take place on Saturday, February 2, at 7 p.m. The concert is free for all students, $10 for adults/seniors and group rates (10+) are available. Tickets are available on the night of the concert, in advance at stolaftickets.com or by calling 1-800-363-5487.
The St. Olaf Band’s national tour will feature repertoire that includes two works by St. Olaf composers. The first, from recent St. Olaf graduate Jonathan Bartz ’08, is “The Valley of the Dry Bones”. The second, “Imagine, If You Will”, is penned by St. Olaf Band conductor Timothy Mahr ’78. Other works on the program include the second movement of Maslanka’s Symphony No. 5, “Savannah River Holiday” by Ron Nelson, Sinfonietta by Leos Janacek and Adoramus te, Christe by Quirino Gasparini.
Founded in 1891, the St. Olaf Band is an ensemble noted for superb musicianship. Under the leadership of conductor Dr. Timothy Mahr, the St. Olaf Band performs the very best compositions and transcriptions for symphonic band, producing an exciting, crowd-pleasing style.
The St. Olaf Band is the oldest music organization at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, a campus internationally renowned for its high caliber of musical ensembles. The band has toured nationally since 1904 and internationally since 1906 when they performed a four-week, 30-concert tour of Norway, making them the first American collegiate band to tour Europe. The band has subsequently toured several times in Norway, Great Britain, Japan, and central Europe.
In October of 2011 the St. Olaf Band performed for King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway during their visit to St. Olaf College, the second time they have had this honor on royal visits since 1995. After the King and Queen’s visit to St. Olaf in 1995, the band toured Norway with the St. Olaf Choir and St. Olaf Orchestra in commemoration of the centennial of Norway’s peaceful separation from Sweden.
The St. Olaf Band has been selected through a blind adjudication process as one of only 10 collegiate wind ensembles to perform at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) national conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. “It reflects the talent level and hard work of our members, as well as the diverse and innovative programming we share with our audiences,” say Dr. Mahr. “Our performance stands as an affirmation of the level of commitment we all have for the finest music-making. We’re humbled and honored by this recognition and are very excited to present our concert.” The St. Olaf Band will also perform in Richmond, Virginia at the Thomas Dale High School on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. as part of their trip to the mid-Atlantic.
Dr. Timothy Mahr ‘78, St. Olaf Band conductor and professor of music at St. Olaf College, is a nationally recognized composer with more than 60 works to his credit, including The Soaring Hawk, for which he received the ABA/Ostwald Award. Mahr has guest-conducted a number of professional and award-winning ensembles, including the United States Air Force Band and the United States Army Field Band, as well as intercollegiate and all-state bands in over 25 states. He is the principal conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, a featured ensemble at the 2008 Midwest Clinic, the largest international band conference in the world.
Watch video and listen to audio of the St. Olaf Band and learn more about the ensemble, current members and conductor at www.stolaf.edu/music/stolaf_band.
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Sunday January 27, 3 p.m. Woodbury High School Woodbury, MN
Wednesday January 30, 7:30 PM Ankeny High School Auditorium Ankeny, IA
Thursday January 31, 7 p.m. Atonement Lutheran Church Overland Park, KS
Friday February 1, 7 p.m. Owasso High School Tulsa, OK
2013 WINTER TOUR ITINERARY
Saturday February 2, 7 p.m. McKinney North High School McKinney, TX
Sunday February 3, 4 p.m. DeKaney High School Houston, TX
Monday February 4, 7:30 p.m. Bartlesville High School Bartlesville, OK
Tuesday February 5, 7:30 p.m. Holland Center
Wednesday February 6, 7 p.m. Mankato West High School Mankato, MN