By Heidi Tanner
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Community Band is busy rehearsing for its sixth annual fall concert. The concert will be presented on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium.
Our 35-plus member concert band will be presenting some exciting music for you and you will be entertained throughout the evening. Our band is one representation of the amazing artistic talent we have here in our small town.
The Pagosa Springs Community Band is a nonprofit organization that has been holding concerts free of charge in Pagosa for six years. The band is open to adult and student players alike and is an all-volunteer organization.
The band presents three concerts annually: our fall concert that features just our band, our Spring Band-O-Rama concert and our patriotic outdoor Fourth of July concert.
We are proud to have nine student band members for this concert and our adult members range in age from 20 to 70-something. Many of our members played their instruments in their youth and have been prompted to pull their instruments out of the closet and begin playing again.
A concert band is similar to a symphony orchestra, except the parts written by the composer are for brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments and do not include string instruments such as violins or cellos. However, since we are a small town, our band makes use of the string players in Pagosa and we do include violins, violas and cellos who fill in playing, for instance, a bassoon part such as the cellos in our group often do or the oboe part which the violins cover.
Larry Elginer, one of our three conductors, will be showcasing a piece that is very symphonic in nature called “The Spirit of Orpheus,” written by Robert W. Smith and first published in 1998. The piece embodies with music the mythological Greek story of Orpheus, a musician whose wife Eurydice was bitten by a snake soon after they wed, causing her to die. Orpheus follows his beloved to the underworld, where he charms the deities by playing his lyre and convinces them to release her from the throes of death.
Smith states that he composed this piece, “As a tribute to the musicians past and present of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, whose contributions to the world of music have been immeasurable.”
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a men’s fraternity with a special emphasis on music whose members either are musicians, music educators, composers or are people who promote and support the musical arts.
Please join the Community Band for its fall concert on Oct. 21. Admission to this concert is free. However, the Community Band is a 501(c)3 and accepts donations with gratitude. Come celebrate a fall evening by enjoying music presented by your local musicians in the Community Band.
By Heidi Tanner