Flute Fantastic begins the year with one of the best-known and brilliant works for band: Gustav Holst’s Second Suite for Military Band. The program features the flute, an instrument with a 43,000-year-old history, with soloist Chrissie Davis performing classical-crossover arrangements of familiar tunes including Saint-Saens Dance Macabre, Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D minor, and Led Zeppelin’s setting of Kashmir. In addition, the Mockingbird Quartet will perform a delightful movement from Eric Ewazen’s Harmony in Blue and Gold for flute quartet.
In addition to other wind band favorites, the program will include Sousa’s “The Liberty Bell March” in acknowledgment of the 100th Anniversary of the USA’s entry into WWI. The march, written in 1893, was played frequently in 1917 during the Liberty Bell’s nationwide rail tour to sell bonds to raise war funds.