RUN TIME: 1 HR 45 MINUTES
MECHEM | Blow Ye the Trumpet from Songs of the Slave Suite
O’LANDA DRAPER | Praise the Lord Everybody
BORODIN | Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
*Program subject to change
Gospel and Symphony features the Middleton High School Choir under the direction of Jamie Pitt. The choir has a 20-year tradition of singing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra beginning with the annual Middleton Holiday Pops. For the past three years, they have joined us for Concerts on the Square.
We are excited that they’ll be signing with us Blow Ye the Trumpet from Songs of the Slave Suite by Kirke Mechem and the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin.
We will also feature local singer-songwriter, composer and arranger Leotha Stanley & Friends gospel choir. He’s going to be singing his arrangements of Put a little love in your heart, I want to know what love is with guest soloist, Delvis Malone, and the Jill Jackson-Miller song, Let there be peace with a gospel twist.
Another work that we’re introducing is a piece by Bill Banfield. He’s a composer Maestro Sewell schooled with at Michigan. Bill completed his doctorate in performance in composition, and this is from his Symphony No. 7, the first movement called Tender Years.
The other main works in the program are orchestral. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, Nocturnes by Debussy, and Polovtsian
Dances. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has been made famous by the original Fantasia animation by Disney in 1940, featuring Mickey Mouse as the young Apprentice.
Prince Igor is an opera, and the Polovtsian Dances are folk dances in the Russian tradition by Alexander Borodin. The concert concludes with Praise the Lord, everybody by O’Landa Draper and Lovely Day by Bill Withers, in honor of his memory.