Sunday, April 29, 2012 @ 2:50 PM
The Dambusters March is Eric Coates’s theme for the 1954 film The Dam Busters, a dramatised documentary form, an accurate account of a real-life action by the British royal air force in 1943, when three dams in Germany were destroyed by the Barnes Wallis bouncing bomb. The piece is one of the all-time great themes, deeply melodic, uplifting, heroic with a light-hearted central section, yet filled with a noble dignity of almost Elgarian proportions.
Shooting stars is a piece composed by Richard Saucedo filled with rich musical imagery, the opening section features prominent roles for alto and soprano saxophone soloists while the percussion section provides a pulsating accompaniment. After a beautiful lyrical section, the fast pace returns, which builds up into a bombastic statement from the entire ensemble.
Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic film directed and written by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fell in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. In this piece, the medley itself features different segments of the titanic soundtrack such as ‘Southampton’ where rose boards the ship, ‘Hard to Starboard’ to show the difficulty in controlling the ship in the iceberg region and also the well- known ‘My Heart Will Go On’ sang by Celine Dion.
Internal combustion shows the progression of the American automobile, which was inspired by Gus Edward's song "In My Merry Oldsmobile"
The work starts with the anticipation of invention with allusions to the " Merry Oldsmobile" tune which then leads to what the composer calls the "Song Of Invention", expressively started by an alto saxophone solo. Then, the crank is turned by the ratchet, and we are off for a ride. One should easily hear the revving of the automobile engine, the whistle of the wind and the steam from the radiator. The automobile begins to cruise along joyously, hence a Dixieland rendition of ‘Merry Oldsmobile’. It is then interrupted by gathering speed and further development and refinement of the automobile and its internal combustion engine. The music comes to a screeching halt with a crash and is followed by a simplistic and child-like presentation of ‘Merry Oldsmobile’. An engine ‘rev’ precedes the 'hay days' of the automobile, the 50s which gives way to the final decades of the 20th century beginning with a reference to modern jazz. Finally, the music leads to a dramatic presentation of the ‘ Song of Invention’ which culminates into an intense, fast and spirited finale.
When gold was discovered in California in 1848, people from the world rushed there to realise their dreams. "Gold Rush!" was a phenomenon that transformed western America. Gold Rush! Was composed to freely capture the human spirit of adventure, with the dreams and passion filling mining towns and camps. Rapid changes in dynamics and tempo should comically portray the frenetic lives of the gold-seekers along with other more colourful and vibrant lines.
Selections from Wicked
So much happened before Dorothy came in. The hit Broadway musical WICKED tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. This show was recently featured in the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre and has proved to be a favourite among patrons with its last show completely sold out. This selection from the prequel of wizards of Oz, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, includes No one Mourns the Wicked, dancing Through Life, No good Deed, For Good and Defying Gravity.
Space Battleship Yamato
This Japanese anime, published in 1974, talks about Earth being under the attack of aliens. The Battle Spaceship named Yamato was the only hope for mankind.
The first movement of this piece is entitled “Overture” which depicts the scene of bloodshed and loss of lives on Earth, caused by the alien attacks.
The second movement entitled “Space Battleship Yamato” ,describes the Yamato setting off on its journey to space, in search of the aliens and to seek justice.
The third movement is by the name of “Sortie” which describes the battle scenes between the aliens and the Yamato crew in space.
The last movement entitled "Great Love" describes the homecoming of the victorious Yamato against the aliens.
Galaxy Express 999
Published in 1978, Galaxy Express 999 talks about a boy who boarded a train by the name of “Galaxy Express 999”, which comes to Earth only once a year. The slow movement at the beginning describes how the train arrives on Earth, and the subsequent movement describes the exciting journey of the train towards the Andromeda Galaxy.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 2:20 PM
Jurong Junior College Symphonic Band's very own concert.Brings you through an expedition that you've never been before. Have the time of your life, right here with us as we bring you from the world of beyond imagination to the galaxy above :)
Space Battleship Yamato
Galaxy Express 999
Tickets are priced at S$8 each.
tickets are at $6 each for bulk order of 10 and above
Do feel free to approach any of us band members for the tickets, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your particulars down at our tagboard and we'll get back to you shortly :)