NIC Wind Symphony to welcome CDA Charter Academy for spring concert

The North Idaho College Wind Symphony will present its “Postcards” concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center.

The NIC Wind Symphony under the direction of NIC Band Director Terry Jones will share the stage with special guests, the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy’s Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Harrison.

“The pieces features in this concert reflect the theme of a postcard, which in this case, are a musical representation of what is often expressed in words and pictures,” Jones said. “This concert features selections that will help the audience leave North Idaho behind, and travel to new and exotic places through sound and song.”

The concert will begin with pieces by the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy Wind Ensemble that will take listeners around the world in celebration of culture. The first piece by composer Ralph Hultgren called “Celebration of Life,” includes sung passages highlighting history of the Jewish people. John Barnes Chance’s “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” and Dan Forrest’s “A Basque Lullaby” will round out the cultural emphasis of this portion of the concert, concluded with an extended symphonic rhapsody built upon five Armenian folk songs called “Armenian Dances, Part 1.”

The North Idaho College Wind Symphony will open its portion of the concert with “Landscapes” by Rossano Galante, which takes the audiences on an auditory journey while focusing visually on an image by NIC Photography Instructor Jessica Raetzke. Their second selection, George Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture,” will take the audience back to the early 1900s when Cuba was the vacation spot for the “in crowd,” including Havana, with all its nightclubs filled with hot Latin music.  

The NIC Wind Symphony’s third selections might be the most exotic. Bill Whelan (of Riverdance fame) tells the story of Legendary Irish War hero Red Hugh O’Donnell. After successfully leading a rebellion against the English government in 1593, O’Donnell joined forces with the Spanish only to suffer defeat in the disastrous battle of Kinsale. The music follows O’Donnell’s journey from victory to defeat in Kinsale, and to his being honored by the Spanish Earl of Caracena. 

If you grew up at the foot of the Rockies, snow topped mountains were part of almost every view. Richard Saucedo’s “Snow Caps” gives audiences a musical glimpse of the many wonders of snow-capped mountains. In the opening section, audience members will hear the mountains shimmer, like they do at first light. Quickly, the mountains begin to rise and come alive.

“This section reminds me of entering Glacier Park,” Jones said. “The middle of the piece is a reminder that although mountains can be daunting, you can find a calm beauty will in the middle of them. As the piece comes to a conclusion it is easy to visualize the majestic Rocky Mountains.”

The NIC Wind Symphony is a community group with more than 2,000 years of playing experience. The multi-generational group blends high school students, college students and community members into one ensemble to create art. The group is open to the public and meets one day a week during the college school year. The community is invited to join the 40-plus year tradition of the NIC Wind Symphony. 

The concert is free and open to the public.

Information: (208) 769-3276 or

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2016

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