4/8/2008 Bands celebrate sesquicentennial in spring concert
McMINNVILLE – An upcoming concert of Linfield College bands will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Linfield.
The Linfield Wind Symphony and the Linfield Concert Band will present "In the Steps of John Philip Sousa" on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the McMinnville First Baptist Church.
The concert is free and open to the public
Both groups are under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield. Soloists Jackie Van Paepeghem, soprano, and Henry Henniger, trombone, will also be featured.
Paddock, Linfield's band director since 1993, said the performance is intended to celebrate generations of faculty, students and staff who have been a part of the Linfield experience for the past 150 years. Programming for this special concert is “Sousa-inspired,” including orchestral transcription, original works for the wind band, featured soloists and a Sousa march.
"Sousa was quite a showman," Paddock said. "He wanted the audience to be entertained, intellectually stimulated and thrilled. His programming accomplished this and more with the addition of encores, many of which were marches composed by him."
The program will feature a number of pieces from the past 150 years, including "Aurora Polonaise, Waltz & Quickstep," works from the Old Aurora Colony transcribed and edited for modern band by Andrew Willette, assistant professor at Portland State University. The music was found in part books and has been made available to Oregon school and community bands by the Aurora Historical Society in honor of Oregon's sesquicentennial next year. A negro spiritual piece by Charles Ives and arranged by Paddock, "In the Mornin'," will feature soprano soloist Van Paepeghem. A Japanese number, "Fantasy on Sakura Sakura," was chosen to celebrate Linfield's relationship with sister university Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan, and Linfield's ongoing commitment to global diversity. The evening's closing number, "Sesquicentennial Exposition March" by Sousa, was written for America's sesquicentennial celebration in 1926.
Paddock is an Emmy-Award winning musician and trumpeter. She performs with Halcyon Trio Oregon and is a member of the College Band Director's National Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, Oregon Band Director's Association, Oregon Music Educators Association and the International Trumpet Guild. She is an active adjudicator, guest clinician, soloist and conductor, and has been awarded candidacy on the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster.
Van Paepeghem, acclaimed lyric soprano, has presented solo recitals across the country, and frequently appears as a soloist with Pacific Northwest choirs. Also a member of Halcyon Trio Oregon, she is adjunct instructor of music at Linfield, minister of music at St. James Catholic Church and teaches voice in her home in McMinnville.
Henniger, low brass instructor at Linfield and Oregon State University, is a trombone and euphonium performer and educator. He has performed with members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and with the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theater, Astoria Music Festival and the Oregon Symphony.
For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.