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May 16, 2004

Tympani

DSCN5569-small.jpg Day 6 was a big day. After visiting with Danny and talking with Mayer and Pinki by web cam, going to see Lisa and Corey's new house and Shawna's new loft, we came home to rest and have a light supper before going to Shawna's Spring Concert. She plays percussion with the Northdale Concert Band, which was formed in 1967 by students at Willowdale Junior High School in two high school who went on to Northview Height, my highschool, and other students. They rehearse and generally perform at St. Jude's Anglican Church.

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I was impressed with the program and with the quality of the performance, as well as with the conductor and his comments on the pieces they played. Bruch's Kol Nidre, Aaron Copland, Wagner, Baring-Gould, Shostakovtch, Bach, Sousa, Fiddler on the Roof, Superman, original compositions, and more. It was lovely to hear the range of music that is composed for a brass and wind ensemble, the spectrum of sound and timbre, and to think about not only adapations of works for such bands, but also about the history of such bands and music created specially for them--the military, parades, ceremonial occasions, pooular music, as well as bona fide classical music. Shawna, as usual, was her petite self beating a mighty sound from enormous tympani.

Posted by BKG at May 16, 2004 04:38 AM

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