Merion Concert Band

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Sunday, February 8, 3 PM

Harriton High School

600 North Ithan Avenue

Rosemont, PA 19010


Catherine Getchell, Trumpet, and Sam Getchell, Trombone

in Aaron Coplan's Quiet City

The Merion Concert Band welcomes back Catherine Getchell, performing in Aaron Copland's Quiet City. Catherine recently moved back to Pittsburgh, and the band is pleased to have her back as a soloist for this concert. She will be joined by her husband and the band's assistant conductor, Sam Getchell. Copland originally wrote this in 1939 as incidental music for Irwin Shaw's short-running play of the same name. The following year he composed the concert piece for trumpet, English horn and string orchestra. Copland based the composition entirely on the thematic materials of the music to the play. The piece has been described as brooding and elegiac. The band is presenting a version arranged for wind ensemble by Donald Hunsberger with Sam playing the English horn part on trombone.

 Other selections on this program are:

Esprit de Corps, Robert Jager

Canterbury Chorale, Jan Van der Roost

New England Triptych, William Schuman

Peacherine Rag, Scott Joplin

Toccata Marziale, R. Vaughan Williams

Rolling Thunder, Henry Fillmore

Slava, Leonard Bernstein

This concert is free and open to the public. There is ample parking and the facility is wheelchair accessible.


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