Here’s a way to get into the holiday mood:The College of Southern Idaho’s Symphonic Band and Golden Eagle Brass Quintet will perform a “Winter Wonders” concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium.
It will open with a classic march, “The Purple Pageant” by Karl King, a composer best noted for his march “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite.” The band will present a work by Texas-based composer Christopher Tucker, “Twilight in the Wilderness,” inspired by paintings by Frederic Edwin Church, and close the concert’s first portion with “Canticle of Carols,” a Leland Forsblad arrangement of several lesser-known Christmas carols.
Golden Eagle Brass Quintet — Kurt Richards and George K. Halsell on trumpets, Nicholas Pentland on horn, Melanie Halsell on trombone and Jeff Silcock on tuba — will perform “Hanukkah Music,” an arrangement for the Jewish Festival of Lights, followed by an arrangement of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
The band will open the concert’s final portion with “Christmas Eve,” an arrangement of three Noels for organ by the 18th-century French composer Jean-Francois Dandrieu. “Carols for Christmas,” a selection of favorite melodies, will be followed by “Holiday Spectacular,” a lively arrangement by Warren Barker of familiar and less well-known holiday selections, then Irving Berlin’s perennial favorite “White Christmas.”
Admission is free, but organizers suggest a donation of $5 per person to the CSI Music Scholarship Fund. Information: George K. Halsell at 732-6767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.