No Strings Attached


Conductor: Stephen Razo

April 20, 2017

Moreno Valley Conference Center


Classical favorites…with no strings attached! Works of Prokofiev, Rossini, Khachaturian, and Bernstein, all expertly transcribed for wind band to bring these works to life. A great evening of great classical works…what could be greater!


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A Note from Dr. Rob...

About Danzon #2: Just a Few Degrees of Separation
We have it on good authority (Wikipedia!) that:
“Arturo Márquez (born 20 December 1950) is a Mexican composer of orchestral music who uses musical forms and styles of his native Mexico and incorporates them into his compositions.” GO FIGURE!
His Danzon #2 (the selection included in the April 20th concert), was commissioned by the National Autonomous University of Mexico and premiered in 1994.
Márquez was born in Álamos, Sonora, in 1950 where his interest in music began. He was the only one of the nine siblings who became a musician despite the fact that his father and grandfather were performing musicians. The other eight kids were probably smart enough to seek their fortunes in more respectable professions….”like doctors and lawyers and such!”
Arturo: studied at the Mexican Music Conservatory; earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts; was inspired to write his danzones after visiting a ballroom in Veracruz, Mexico where he was introduced to this music form originated in Cuba.
The piece became popular world-wide after it was played (in 2007) by the Venezuelan Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra conducted by none other than the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel (also Venezuelan!)
So, we have a Mexican composer, born in Sonora State, who went dancing in Veracruz, after having earned a Master’s Degree in California whose composition based on a Cuban style was made widely popular by a famous Venezuelan conductor of a youth orchestra named after a South American revolutionary involved with the formation of the nations of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Panama.
Like I said, just a few degrees of separation!

2017 By R. J. Robinson, PhD All rights reserved

Robert Robinson brings his insightful viewpoints to our webpage after having served five years as our concert master of ceremonies. “Dr. Rob” will highlight a particular number programmed for each concert that ensures we don’t miss his educational and entertaining teachings! Enjoy and see you at our next performance!

March Op. 99
Serge Prokofiev
Candide Suite
Leonard Berstein

adopt. Grundman

Previously sponsored by Bonnie Flickinger

Tonadillas Suite

Enrique Granados

arr. Ralph Ford

Gilbert & Sullivan:

Symphonic Suite

arr. Ted Ricketts


Hungarian March

from the Damnation of Faust

Hector Berlioz

arr. Marc Oliver

Sponsored by Peg Culpepper

Barber of Seville (Overture)

Gioacchino Rossini

trans. Singleton

Danzon No. 2
Arturo Marquez

arr. Oliver Nickel