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Winter Concert Series

American Influences

Saturday, February 4th
7:00 PM
Fisher Center - Bard College

The U.S. Army’s oldest musical ensemble, the West Point Band, presents a performance in celebration of America’s musical heritage, featuring not only the composers who defined our national sound, but also those who drew influence from it, those whose voices were silenced in its creation, and those who continue to expand its meaning today. Featured composers include Aaron Copland, William Grant Still, George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Florence Price, James Reese Europe, and Caroline Shaw. The concert will conclude with Stravinsky's iconic Firebird Suite, re-released in the year he became an American citizen.


Fanfare for the Common Man | Aaron Copland
Variations on America | Charles Ives
And the Swallow | Caroline Shaw, arr. Fischer
Octet for Brass and Piano | Florence Price
1. Tempo moderato
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band | Paul Creston
I. Energetic
III. Rhythmic
Firefly | Ryan George
In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy | William Grant Still, arr. Taylor
Castles in Europe & Castle House Rag  | James Reese Europe
Armed Forces Medley | arr. Whitcomb/Richard
Suite from The Firebird | Igor Stravinsky, ed. Fennell