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The Award-Winning Los Alamos Community Winds will present the first concert of its 2013-2014 Concert Season, “Uncharted Territory,” 4 p.m., Oct. 5 at Crossroads Bible Church. The concert will feature new and lesser known works, as well as Sir Edward Elgar’s “Variations on an Original Theme (“Enigma”) Op. 36.”
This concert is presented as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days — a celebration of Harmony for Humanity.
The Los Alamos Community Winds were awarded first Runner-up in the 2012 American Prize Competition (Concert Band Division) and have achieved international recognition through their recorded performances on BrassCast, a podcast featuring concert and brass band music originating in the United Kingdom.
Joining the Los Alamos Community Winds on this performance will be renowned composer and conductor, Robert Sheldon. Sheldon has more than 100 published works and maintains an active career as a clinician, composer and conductor. He is the chief editor for concert band music at Alfred Music Publications. In addition to to his composing and conducting, Sheldon is the lead author of the “Sound Innovations” band method series — used by the Los Alamos Public Schools as the text for the district’s elementary band programs.
On the program Saturday, Sheldon will be conducting two of his original works: “As a Wind From the North” and “Choreography.” “As a Wind From the North,” was inspired by the writings of Byron Reece and commissioned by the Northwinds Symphonic Band of Gainesville, Ga.
“Choreography” was commissioned for the 2008 ATSSB All-State Band by the Association of Texas Small School Bands.
Of special note on this program will be the premiers of two new works for band. “Vignettes for Concert Band,” by David Avshalomov is a multi-movement work of diverse short, character pieces.
The second premier on the program is “… and they named it Trinity,” by Los Alamos Community Winds director, Ted Vives. Inspired by quotations of J. Robert Oppenheimer, it is a bold, fast-paced, rhythmic work that features an extended percussion section soli. Completed in June, “… and they named it Trinity” had its first reading by the Los Alamos Community Winds at its July 16 rehearsal — the 68th anniversary of the atomic bomb.
Admission is free. A donation of $10 per guest is recommended.