The Kishwaukee Concert Band will present a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Northern Illinois University Music Building.
Dave Lehman and Deb Shofner will direct. The concert is sponsored by Keith and Lisa Smith of Sycamore, to honor their mothers, Joanne Smith and Susan Wagner, and for their love of holiday music. The concert is free and handicap accessible.
Program selections include “Fanfare and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Chip Davis and arranged by Robert Longfield.
It begins with a glorious fanfare in the High Renaissance tradition of antiphonal brass choirs echoing one another. Then comes a contemporary (Mannheim Steamroller) treatment of the familiar carol combining rhythmic and harmonic styles with a rock groove.
“A Celtic Christmas” by James L. Hosay is a spirited Christmas medley incorporating the sounds of the Emerald Isle into a festive selection, featuring several well-known holiday songs.
J. Olivadoti’s “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” has a grand opening into “Joy to the World,” followed by “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “Christ Was Born on Christmas Day,” “Sleep, Holy Babe,” and “Silent Night,” ending with “Jingle Bells,”
Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys/Toyland” is arranged for band by Tom Wallace, and has brilliantly conceived and executed stage effects, with some charming music.
The familiar “Pachelbel’s Canon” combines a polyphonic device, in which several instrumental voices play the same music, entering in sequence.
“Holiday Fanfare and March” by Torrie Zito is a majestic selection with a steady underlying percussion part. A medley of several Santa songs is what makes up Jerry Brubaker’s arrangement of “Santa.” An Irving Berlin arrangement for band by Hawley Ades, “A Symphonic Portrait” features some of Berlin’s most widely known songs.
This is the 17th Season of the all-volunteer Kishwaukee Concert Band, which is supported by the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund. KCB is a tax-exempt charitable organization under IRS sec. 501(c)(3), and contributions to the KCB are tax-deductible.
Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St.
For more information, visit kishconcertband.org.