Band, joined by choir, offers fall concert

The Linfield College Concert Band will be joined by the Linfield Concert Choir to present a fall concert Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

“Songs of America” will feature folk music, sacred music and popular music from when America was young through the sounds of Gershwin in the early 20th Century. The repertoire includes “Rhapsody on American Shaped Note Melodies” by James Curnow, “Cajun Folk Songs” by Frank Ticheli and “The Liberty Bell March” written for America’s Liberty Bell by John Philip Sousa.

The Linfield Concert Choir will join the band for William Silvester’s transcription of “Old American Songs” by Aaron Copland including the revivalist song “Zion’s Walls,” the hymn tune “At the River” and the Minstrel Song “Ching-a-Ring Chaw.” Both choir and band will also perform Joseph Turrin’s “Faith in Tomorrow.” The evening’s finale will feature the band playing music by George and Ira Gershwin in a medley arranged by Warren Barker, including “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Embraceable You” and others.

The Linfield Concert Band, directed by Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield, is a 37-member instrumental ensemble made up of woodwinds, brass and percussion. Student musicians include music majors, music minors and students from across disciplines. A number of local community members also play with the band.

The Linfield Concert Choir, directed by Anna Song, is the premier choral organization for the college. The select group of 40 voices was the first ensemble in the Pacific Northwest and has toured every year since its formation in 1930.

Paddock received a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University, where she earned a performer’s certificate in addition to master’s and bachelor’s degrees in trumpet performance and music education. She studied conducting and, as a Fulbright scholar to Norway, studied trumpet at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. An Emmy Award winner, Paddock is an active adjudicator, guest clinician, trumpet soloist and conductor. She is a trumpeter with Halcyon Trio Oregon, a classical trio comprised of trumpet, soprano and keyboard.

Song earned her bachelor’s in composition from UCLA and her master’s in conducting from the School of Music and the Institution of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has been directing choirs and teaching music in the Portland area since 2001. She has served as conductor of Yale University Chapel Choir and assistant conductor for Portland Symphonic Choir. She has also served as director of the St. Rose Youth Choir in Portland and assistant director of Choral Activities at DePaul University.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.