LINDSBORG, KAN., October 27, 2011— Dr. Jared Chase and the Bethany College Symphonic Band will present their second concert of the 2011-2012 season on Sunday, November 13, at 4 p.m. in Presser Auditorium. The concert is titled “A British Invasion” and will feature the symphonic band as well as the newly formed Chamber Winds in music of the United Kingdom.
The concert is held at Presser Auditorium on the campus of Bethany College and is free and open to the public.
This concert will feature several standards of the British Band repertoire, such as Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F. The band will also perform a piece of renaissance music , The Earl of Oxford’s March by William Byrd, orchestrated for band by Gordan Jacob in his William Byrd Suite.
“Last year we performed the First Suite in Eb, which Holst wrote in 1909. This year I felt it was important to honor the 100th anniversary of the Second Suite which was composed in 1911,” Chase said. “The Second Suite is a little different as it is based on British folk music, and lovers of Gustav Holst, will recognize the last movement as it is the same music from the St. Paul Suite, which Holst wrote in 1912.”
The concert will also feature the Bethany College Chamber Winds in Gordan Jacob’s Old Wine in New Bottles as well as a new composition by the Irish composer Fergal Carroll titled Winter Dances. The band will conclude the concert with other familiar works such as Alfred Reed’s beautiful arrangement of Nimrod from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold.
Jared Chase, Doctor of Musical Arts, is an assistant professor of music, chair of the music department, and director of bands at Bethany. Chase earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. He recently served as music director of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Thomas, Ky., and adjunct professor of trumpet at Sinclair Community College.
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.