Celebrate Mother's Day with NIC in auditorium

Come celebrate moms with North Idaho College with the annual free Mother’s Day Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. Because of construction in City Park, the concert will be held indoors this year.

For more than 25 years, NIC has been honoring mothers with its annual concert. This year’s concert will feature several turn-of-the-century classics.

In the early 1900s, the “March Kings” were the dominant pop music of the day. Many people know the name John Philip Sousa and the band lovers also know the name of one of the other “March Kings” -- Karl King. The NIC Wind Symphony will step back in time and perform King’s “Robinson’s Grand Entrée March.” The Wind Symphony will also be performing two John Philip Sousa tunes: Sousa’s “With Pleasure” is a traditional march with a ragtime twist.  The second Sousa piece, “Fugue on Yankee Doodle,” takes the old familiar folk song and twists it around. The fugue in the middle of the piece first appeared in the “International Congress Suite.

Next, the Wind Symphony will lighten things up and return you to your childhood by playing “The Wonderful World of Disney,” suite -- a Disney classic. The next selection, “Moorside March,” was one Gustav Holst’s contributions to the British brass band tradition.  The Wind Symphony will end the first half of the program with two patriotic pieces: William Schuman’s “Chester, Overture for Band” is a revolutionary song which expresses young America’s defiance toward the older veterans of the British. “Battle Cry for Freedom” is a rousing band arrangement of George F. Root’s Civil War era song advocating unionism and abolitionism. It would later be used by the Lincoln-Johnson ticket as their campaign song.

The NIC Chamber Singers, under the direction of Max Mendez, will perform three folk songs from around the globe. “Kalinka” from Russia, “Siksik Si Batu Manikkam” from Sumatra, and “Loch Lomond” from Scottland.

The Chamber Singers and the Wind Symphony will join forces to finish the concert.  Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” will supply two songs. The first, “The Dodger,” is an old campaign song with a fair amount of present day truth in its lyrics. “At The River” is a beautiful hymn tune expresses actually what we are doing today. The concert will end as it has traditionally ended with “America,” -- a fitting conclusion to a day honoring mothers. 

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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