Community Winds Present ‘Pictures At An Exhibition’

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Community Winds will present the first of its two spring concerts, ‘Pictures at an Exhibition,’ at 7 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church (80 State Road 4). The concert is free ($10 donation suggested). A large ensemble of 55 musicians will perform.

The centerpiece of the concert is Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. A posthumous exhibition of drawings and water-colors by the architect Victor Hartmann, intimate friend of Moussorgsky, was held in 1874. Moussorgsky, as a tribute to his friend, wrote piano “paraphrases” of the best of the sketches.

“It’s a challenging piece to play, but we’re up to it,” Winds Musical Director Ted Vives said. “For this concert, we wanted to tackle something we could sink our teeth into.”

Originally composed for piano, Maurice Ravel transcribed the work for orchestra in 1922. The Winds will perform Mark Hindsley’s transcription for band, which is close to Ravel’s, Vives said.

The first movement will be played by Winds pianist Julian Chen. “This will give the audience a chance to hear how the original sounded,” Vives said.

Also on the program are “The Pathfinder of Panama” by John Philip Sousa, edited by Frank Byrne; “Star Trek Main Theme” by Alexander Courage; Suite from “Mirror Mirror by Fred Steiner, transcribed by Ted Vives;  “First Suite in Eb for Military Band” by Gustav Holst; and “Coat of Arms” by George Kenny.