Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2010 11:30 am


GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell College Symphonic Band and the Percussion, Marimba, and Steel Pan Ensemble will present their spring programs during the week of April 25. Both groups are directed by Mark Dorr and will perform in Sebring-Lewis Hall in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

The Symphonic Band will perform on Sun., April 25 at 2 p.m. The program will include James Barnes’ new work “Beautiful Oregon;” the hauntingly beautiful “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen; Ralph Vaughan Williams’ classic “Sea Songs;” “Puszta,” a collection of Gypsy dances by Jan Van der Roost; as well as a Prokofiev march, a Sousa novelty, and Jack End’s “Blues for a Killed Kat.”

The Percussion, Marimba, and Steel Pan Ensemble’s performance is on Fri., April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and spans a variety of international musical styles and composers. The program includes Alan Hovhaness’ “October Mountain;” “Field of the Dead,” from “Alexander Nevsky” by Sergei Prokofiev; and the unusual Larry Spivack tune “Quartet for Paper Bags.” The Steel Pan Ensemble will perform the world premiere of “June Samba,” a newly commissioned work from composer Tom Miller; “Suzie” by Ray Holman, one of the innovators of the Caribbean steel pan movement; “Coconut Champagne” by Maynard Ferguson; and the ever-popular Caribbean favorite dance tune “Jump in the Line.”

Both performances are free and open to the public. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus.