In the century-old
tradition of concerts in the park, the North Idaho College Wind Symphony and
Chamber Singers will host its annual free Mother’s Day Concert at 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 11 in Coeur d’Alene City Park.
With NIC Band
Director Terry Jones and Choral Instructor Max Mendez conducting, the Mother’s
Day Concert typically draws up to 1,000 concert-goers to enjoy music titles
picked out to perfectly complement mom’s special day. The concert will pay
homage to history’s heroes and some of our country’s finest moments.
“The Star Spangles Banner” arranged by John Williams
Star Spangled Banner” holds a unique place in our nation’s musical heritage. As
our National Anthem, it has been performed an unfathomable number of times, in
every conceivable arrangement, and it stands as an enduring symbol in the
collective memory of all Americans. It tells of our flag’s passage through a
dark and dangerous night, and as a metaphor, it serves as a prayer for the safe
continuation of our country’s journey toward the realization of its best
aspirations. Williams’ version of our national anthem was arranged for the 2004
Rose Bowl ceremonies.
“Sawdust City Celebration” by
Written as a
tribute to the many lumber mills of “Sawdust City,” Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the
Wind Symphony performs this medley of American folk tunes attempting to take
the listener back to the pioneer days when lumber mills spotted the lake shore
and when logs moved freely up and down the lake.
“Whisper to Their Souls” by Samuel Hazo
The title “Whisper
to Their Souls” is from John Donne’s touching poem “A in character: Valediction
virtuous men pass mildly away,
as whisper to their souls go,
some of their sad friends do say
breath goes now, and some say, No.
“The poem talks
about two people who say goodbye, but have a love between them that is so
“refined,” absence from each other has no effect on their emotions. This is the
message I want to convey with this piece as it translates perfectly to memorial
sentiments as well,” said composer Samuel Hazo. The musical theme throughout
the piece centers around the familiar folksong “Greensleves.”
“Spoon River” by Percy
Grainger and arranged by Robert Sheldon
composer Percy Grainger is known for his collection of phonograph recordings of
old English folksong and fiddle tunes. Grainger turned many of these folksong
and fiddle tunes into arrangements for wind band. The tune “Spoon River” was
one of those fiddle tunes he arranged. “The tune very archaic in character;
typically American, yet akin to certain Scottish and English dance-tune types,”
Arlington (Where Giants Lie Sleeping) by Paul Murtha
Arlington is a
tribute to the generations of American Servicemen and women who gave their
lives for our freedom. Their selfless
service and sacrifice in defense of our country and ways of life has made them
giants in our minds, as they find their eternal rest in Arlington and
throughout the rest of the country.
“Beyond the Clouds and Into the Heavens” by Richard L. Saucedo
The title of this composition
speaks for itself.
“Legacy of Honor” by Jay Bocook
“Legacy of Honor”
stands as a tribute to all the area band directors who dedicate themselves to
teaching music without the pursuit of personal gain or accolade.
Stephen Foster Medley arranged by Andrew Sibulesky
Local NIC Chorale
member, Andrew Sibulesky, takes us on a ride through some of Stephen Foster’s
most memorable folksongs. This
collection is as American as aplle pie and baseball. See how many of the melodies you can
“Today is a Gift” by Samuel Hazo
“Tomorrow is a mystery.
Yesterday is history. Today is a Gift” – African proverb
“Today is a Gift”
celebrates the courageous act of Rosa Parks and reminds us of the power of one
person who is armed with the truth. We have a duty to carry on Mrs. Parks’
example. We must never tolerate even the smallest social injustice. In a letter
from jail, Dr. Martin Luther King summarized this by saying “Injustice anywhere
is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Singers will be performing four pieces.
“Frühlingsfeier” by Felix Mendelssohn, celebrates the wonders
and miracle of springtime and its relation to the Easter season.
will give you music” and “The Luckiest” are dedicated to
Mother’s Day. “I will give you music” is a recent composition by NIC
Alumni, Jesse Hampsch and speaks of the dedication of mentors to their
students. “The Luckiest” is a
popular song written by Ben Folds.
Singers will also perform the “Overture
from William Tell” by Gioachino Rossini.