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Juneau Wind Ensembles to present 'Revolution'

Posted: November 10, 2011 - 1:02am

The Juneau Wind Ensemble will offer a free concert Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Featuring close to 30 wind musicians, the concert, organized by Mike Bucy, centers on a theme very relevant to what is happening today.

“I wanted to try and have a theme that honored the notion of ‘Revolution’ for this concert. With the ‘Arab Spring’ and Occupy Wall Street’ going on, I tried to choose music reflecting that reality,” Bucy said in a release.

The most ambitious piece audience members will hear is Karl Husa’s “Music for Prague 1968” which juxtaposes the brutal repression of the Soviet Union against the Czech peoples’ desire for independence and freedom. The Wind Ensemble will also play “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostokovich, who suffered as an artist under the terror and scrutiny of Josef Stalin.

Another piece on the program is Charles Ives’ “Variations on America,” a joyous, disturbing, messy presentation of what a free people can look like, musically interpreted. The group will give a nod to the “Arab Spring” with “Egyptian Ballet” and another nod to band great John Philip Sousa and his “Tribute to Liberty” march. Also included will be a piece by Richard Strauss, the tone poem, “Death and Transfiguration.”

Formerly the Juneau Concert Band, The Juneau Wind Ensemble is an all-adult community band that performs twice a year. The group formed almost four years ago as an extension of the Juneau Marching Band, providing a year-round musical outlet for wind musicians as well as bringing the public performances of neglected repertoire.

The Reindeer Band will begin soon after the Wind Ensemble concert and is open to musicians of all abilities. Check the website for more performance opportunities.

For more information, find Juneau Community Bands on Facebook or visit www.juneaucommunityband.org.

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