Upcoming concert is culmination of Pacific Coast tour
February 29, 2012
The Augustana Symphonic Band, just off its tour of the Pacific Coast, will perform its home concert on Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.) on Augustana’s campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
As part of the tour, the Symphonic Band performed concerts in Illinois, California, Oregon and Washington. Dr. James Lambrecht, professor of trumpet and director of bands at Augustana, said the tour was “fabulous,” adding that the band enjoyed playing “to very large and enthusiastic audiences” at each of its eight stops.
Dr. Lambrecht explained the tour experience gives Augustana’s student-musicians an opportunity to “play great music, see spectacular scenery and meet incredible people.” He added, “The students have been truly blessed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the local people we have met who are hosting and feeding us at each stop. It has been a blessing to meet all of these folks and get to know them a bit.”
The Augustana Symphonic Band was established in 1874, making it the oldest musical organization at Augustana. The band took its first concert tour to central Iowa in the spring of 1883 and became one of the first American collegiate bands to tour in Europe in 1928.
This year’s tour allowed students to meet and work with composer Dr. Kevin Walczyk while in Portland, Ore. “The students and I were honored to work with him…since we perform two of his most recent and award-winning pieces – Glory to Glory and Symphony No. 2 Epitaphs Unwritten,” said Dr. Lambrecht.
Dr. Lambrecht received his M.M. and D.M. from Indiana University and now serves as a guest conductor, clinician and soloist throughout the country and abroad.
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