Concert band to dazzle audiences with Aurora

SAVE the date and note the time and place for the Derwent Valley Concert Band’s second public concert of the year. All three Derwent Valley bands will be performing on July 31 at the Stanley Burbury Theatre with a program that will be just the thing to keep you entertained on a Sunday afternoon in the middle of winter.

As is always the case with DVCB concerts, there will be a wonderful and diverse program of quality music. This time we feature glowing skies, spinning light reflecting and bending, swirling mists on rivers at dawn, grandeur and grand monuments, life’s journey, humour and, of course, magic!

The Derwent Valley Community Winds will set the tone with Ross Roy Overture, a piece depicting a grand old heritage house in Queensland – a home and a school, and the lives of the people passing through. Their second piece, River Poem, also happens to have a connection to school life with the river a metaphor for the educational journey. The third piece is a Wedding March which was, apparently, composed for a bride with a wooden leg – but this may not be a true story.

The Derwent Valley Development Band has a piece about a river too – a spiritual in fact which is known to contain coded messages to assist slaves seeking to escape from slavery. And there will also be some well-known music about some even better-known magicians.

The Derwent Valley Concert Band will present three very different works about ‘Light’ including the rather famous and very beautiful Lux Aurumque by composer of ‘rock-star status’, Eric Whitacre and complete the afternoon with piece that provides the title for the concert, Aurora Australis by the British and now Tasmanian composer Martyn Hancock. It is a truly magnificent and brilliant work which depicts that amazing glowing sky phenomenon that we are privileged to see so readily in our region of the planet, as it subtly grows from nothing into a immense, energetic electromagnetic storm shooting colours and shapes across the night sky, then gradually fading as dawn approaches.

Tickets to the Aurora concert can be obtained through the Eventbrite website or at the door at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay, on the day. The concert starts at 3pm and tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students under 18 years, and there is a $20 family ticket also available. As always, new members are most welcome. Chat with us at the concert, leave a message on our Derwent Valley Concert Band facebook page or text the Director of Music on 0447 481 203.

LYALL McDERMOTT

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