The Linfield College Band left the audience humming to “Over the Rainbow” after its annual Spring Concert held April 24 in Ice Auditorium.
The concert, “Of Heart and Home,” was directed by Joan Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities. It was conducted by Paddock and students from the Basic Conducting class.
The “fearless” and “epic horn session,” as described by the conductor, opened the concert with Mark Camphouse’s “Heartland Sketches.” It was followed by William T. Purdy’s “On Wisconsin March and Two Step.”
Both pieces are popular choices for fight songs. The variations of the latter have become the fight songs of 2,500 schools, including Linfield College. Toward the end of the piece, senior Wildcat Pep Band Leader Amanda Summers took over the conducting, which gave both the band and the audience an emotional lift.
The band then performed Percy A. Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry,” which started without the planned a cappella introduction because of the absence of soloist senior Chelsea Janzen. The band also played Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Lyric Waltz,” which reminded the conductor of when her father taught her the waltz as a child.
Junior Reveca Primachenko, accompanied by Linfield Wildcat Men’s Glee Club and special guest vocal artist Anton Belov, conducted S. Tvorum’s “Zaparozhski ‘Cossack’ March,” a piece about Russian warriors.
Paddock chose pieces to “wake everybody up and then calm them down to show the beauty of music.” Stephen Collins Foster’s “Gentle Annie,” featured senior soloist Kayla Wilkens, and the piece was conducted by senior Kaia Machalek.
Like during the Fall Concert, the band performed “Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual,” an exotic piece by Robert W. Smith, to showcase its large percussion session of eight players. A log drum was specially borrowed from the Salem Concert Band for the piece.
Before junior Jenny Morgan conducted the “Old Scottish Melody (Auld Lang Syne)” by Charles Wiley, recognition was given to retiring faculty members and graduating seniors Wilkens, Machalek, Janzen, Sarah Wilder, Amanda Summers, Alison Bouchard, and Alex Fitch.
To conclude the night, Paddock chose “The Wizard of Oz” by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, quoting Dorothy Gale’s “There’s no place like home.”
With such a number of pieces and only one formal rehearsal each week, Paddock commented that they never had enough time for rehearsal.
“What I really want is for Linfield to designate a block of time for students to be involved with art every day.”
Cassie Wong/For the Review
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