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Taylor Wind Ensemble Presents La Fiesta Spring Concert

By Cathy Moore Published: Apr 08, 2014

TU Wind Ensemble

The Taylor University Wind Ensemble will present La Fiesta - a free concert celebrating Spanish, Mexican, and Israeli band music on Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., in Rediger Chapel/Auditorium.

Selections to be performed include Amparito Roca by Jaime Texidor, Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, Rikudim by Jan Van der Roost, They Led my Lord Away arranged by Fred Allen, Fantasy on Psalm 100 by Barry Kopetz, and Symphonic Dance #3 “Fiesta” by Clifton Williams. The concert will open with the Spanish Pasodoble march Amparito Roca by the Spanish composer Jaime Texidor. The translation The Sheltered Cliff is a quick step march that legend indicates was most likely written for a young lady named Ampara Roca from Barcelona.

The Overture to Candide written by Leonard Bernstein in 1955 will follow. Candide, the comic operetta based on Voltaire’s work, had an unfortunately short life on Broadway in 1956. However, the lively overture premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1957 has enjoyed remarkable success performed by both wind bands and orchestras. Rikudim is a four-movement suite written in the style of modern Jewish dances by Jan Vander Roost, a contemporary Belgian composer. The composer utilizes middle- eastern tonal intervals and woodwind colors to create a touch of melancholy and joyful exuberance typical of Jewish folk music.

Two pieces of music on this concert reflect on the sadness and joy of Holy Week. The setting of the spiritual They Led My Lord Away reflects on the passion of Christ while the Fantasy on Psalm 100 takes the listener through a variety of themes and moods based upon the Old Hundredth Psalm tune, widely known as the musical setting of the Doxology.

The final selection of the concert, Symphonic Dance No. 3 Fiesta depicts the pageantry of Latin-American Celebrations, street bands, bull fights, bright costumes and a colorful legacy of a proud people.