176 High School Musicians at Plymouth State Nov. 23

November 17th, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The annual All New England Band Festival, featuring 176 high school musicians, will culminate in a performance at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Silver Center for the Arts on the Plymouth State University Campus.

The concert will conclude a daylong event involving honor band members representing 58 high schools from all six New England states.

The students were chosen from more than 300 who applied for the festival from a total of 62 high schools. Selection was based on students’ individual musical achievements while attending the schools they are representing. More than two-thirds of those selected have been members of their respective all-state bands or orchestras.

Guest conductors for the 2009 festival are Robert Sheldon and Christopher Tucker. Both are internationally known composers of band music and have many published and recorded works to their credit.

The festival bands will share the concert with the Plymouth State University Symphonic Band, conducted by Professor Gary Corcoran. The Colonial Brass of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty will join with the PSU Band in a performance of a suite from “Mass” by Leonard Bernstein.

The university band will perform works by Paul Dukas, Edward Madden and Percy Grainger. Mezzo-soprano Heather Jacques will be featured with the Symphonic Band in a performance of Christopher Tucker’s “Earth, the Gentlest Mother.”

Tickets for the performance are $7 at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869.

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