Playing together: Joint concert of Concordia, WHS bands on Feb. 1
WORTHINGTON -- In a rare musical union, the Concordia Band of Concordia College, Moorhead, and the Worthington High School (WHS) Trojan Concert Band will join forces for a 7:30 p.m. concert on Feb. 1 at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.
WORTHINGTON - In a rare musical union, the Concordia Band of Concordia College, Moorhead, and the Worthington High School (WHS) Trojan Concert Band will join forces for a 7:30 p.m. concert on Feb. 1 at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.
The date will mark the first appearance of the award-winning Concordia Band in the vicinity since 2005.
“They performed in Fulda in 2005, and that was the last time they’ve given a concert in the area,” confirmed Jon Loy, director of the WHS band.
Under the direction of Dr. Peter Haberman, the 68-member Concordia Band is kicking off its winter band tour in Worthington, followed by appearances in Rochester, Shakopee, Sauk Rapids and Sioux Falls, S.D.
“The Concordia Band is known, among other things, for its outstanding horn sections and for its traditional as well as contemporary concert band literature,” noted Loy, who is an alumnus of Concordia and the band itself.
Traveling with the Concordia Band - the top level of the college’s three band ensembles - is a faculty woodwind quintet, which will play pre-concert music in the Memorial Auditorium lobby, as well as share a number or two during the concert.
Worthington is a small stop in the travel history of the renowned Concordia Band; it was the first Concordia music ensemble to tour abroad, visiting Norway in 1935. The 116-year-old band’s most recent trip to Norway was in May 2007, and in May 2012 the musical group performed at several sites in Hong Kong and China.
Besides individual performances by the Concordia Band and the 118-member WHS Concert Band, next Monday’s local concert will include a collaboration of both bands on Tschesnokoff’s “Salvation is Created,” arranged by Bruce H. Houseknecht.
“With everyone playing together, it’s sure to be a powerful piece,” said Loy of the combined performance.
A few natives of the greater Worthington area who also happen to be Concordia Band alumni are 2011 WHS graduate Daniel Anderson, son of Dan and Jessica Anderson, and the two daughters of Mike and Lisa Peterson of Fulda - Tammy and Alicia, 2012 and 2009 Concordia graduates, respectively.
“We’re delighted to have this opportunity to host the Concordia Band,” Loy said.
Families of high school band members and local Concordia alumni will volunteer as overnight hosts for the traveling staff and students.
“We’ll also have the honor of Dr. Haberman serving as band clinician for the Trojan Band’s two contest pieces earlier in the day,” Loy explained.
The recently completed, all-new WHS band room makes it possible for the Trojans to host the guest college band.
“It will definitely be exciting to share our new band space in this way,” Loy said.
The Concordia Band and the WHS Trojan Concert Band’s joint concert is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, 711 13th St., Worthington. The concert is free and open to the public; freewill donations will be accepted. For more information, email email@example.com .