The Central Arizona Concert Band welcomes the new year with its mid-winter concert, the third in its regular season. Downbeat is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Davis Learning Center located on the Embry-Riddle campus, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott.

Music director and conductor Clydene Dechert has planned an exciting program with a wide variety of musical styles. The concert begins with a stirring march, Pieces of Eight, by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, that is based on several themes from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Next up is Josip Ivanovici’s original score, Danube Waves, first published without lyrics but later adapted by Al Jolson and re-published as the familiar popular Anniversary Song, a news release stated.

Albert Oliver Davis has provided an arrangement of Richard Strauss’ art song Die Nacht (The Night) before the program moves into a much lighter mood. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, Dechert has programmed a rich medley of Henry Mancini’s more popular tunes, including The Pink Panther, Baby Elephant Walk, Moon River and Peter Gunn. The folk tale, The Lion and The Mouse, is the first of five popular fables set to music in Julie Giroux’s A Symphony of Fables, which rounds out the program along with other selections.

Also, in keeping with Dechert’s focus on the considerable talents embodied within the band, attendees will hear an outstanding performance of the Central Arizona Clarinet Choir. This group of some 15 musicians comprises the clarinet section of the band plus a number of players from other sections who have maintained their proficiency with the instrument while also performing with other woodwind sections. In addition to the largest group, the B-flat clarinet, we have the smaller E-flat, (higher pitch), the Alto, the Bass and the Contra Bass. Maestro Dechert will conduct the choir as they perform The March of the Belgian Paratroopers, The Earle of Oxford Theme and the Mission Impossible theme, the release stated.

For those who have never enjoyed live concert performances, the band is not a little marching band. It is a 60-person musical powerhouse with instrumentation from the woodwinds, brass and percussion families of instruments. The music it creates is amazingly diverse, from jazz and classical to movie soundtracks and marches too, all of which can easily be described as powerful, stirring and evocative. The band’s impressive roster of talent includes many current and former band directors from Arizona schools, as well as professionals and semiprofessionals who have relocated to the Prescott area. The Band also provides opportunities to outstanding students to perform with a professional group. All members volunteer their time to bring our audiences the best in concert band music.

Seating is general admission and tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets for adults are $12 and youth is $5.

Founded in 1997, Central Arizona Concert Band was established as the first and remains the only professional symphonic band in Prescott. The band is a 502(c)3 nonprofit dependent upon support through concert ticket sales and donations.

Information provided by Central Arizona Concert Band.

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