The Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble/Community Band will feature music of England, Ireland, and Scotland in a “Music of the British Isles” concert next week.
The concert is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12, at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, which is at 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
It’s part of the Wind Ensemble/Community Band’s “Exploring Our Roots” series for the 2016-2017 season.
As suggested by the title “Music of the British Isles,” the February 12 program will feature music of England, Ireland, and Scotland, a press release said.
In addition, the Community Band is pleased to present band member Dianne Farris as alto saxophone soloist in Jerry Lackey’s arrangement of Brendan Graham’s “Voices of Ireland.” Farris has been a member of the Community Band for 34 years and also has enjoyed performing as a soloist and in saxophone ensembles at churches, retirement homes, and at various other venues.
Another very special treat for the audience at this concert will be guest director Jerry Lackey, who will conduct the Community Band as it performs his arrangement of “Voices of Ireland” for Dianne Farris’s saxophone solo, the press release said. Lackey received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in music education from Indiana University and directed the Indiana University/South Bend Jazz Ensemble from 1974 to 2007 and Wind Ensemble from 1984 to 2007. Lackey played tuba 42 years with the South Bend Symphony until his retirement in 2007. He is currently associate conductor of the Nashville Community Concert Band and composes and arranges for bands, orchestras and other ensembles, the press release said.
The February 12 program will also include vocalist Deidre Ford in “Old Scottish Melody” and the band’s performance of Percy Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry,” Clare Grundman’s “Fantasy on English Hunting Songs,” Gustav Holst’s “Moorside March,” Charles Mackerras’s arrangement of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s “Pineapple Poll,” and Kenneth Alford’s “Army of the Nile.”
Admission to the “British Isles” concert is $5 for adults over 18; children are free. For more information, visit www.orcb.org or call (865) 483-3044.