Tri-County Symphonic Band begins 55th season

Performing Arts
Oct 23, 2016
3:00 PM

The Tri-County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Philip Sanborn, will begin its 55th season with a program entitled “Shades of Blue” on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Fireman Performing Arts Center at Hoyt Hall, Tabor Academy, 235 Front St.

Clarinetist Charlie Suriyakham will be the soloist in a program that reflects the many hues that are on the “blue” end of musical spectrum.

The concert begins with “The Blue and the Gray: Civil War Suite” composed by Clare Grundman. Nearly all of the selections in this suite were composed during war years.

The Percy Grainger masterpiece for wind band, “Lincolnshire Posy” is next in the program. It is based on folk songs that he and Lucy Broadwood collected in Lincolnshire in 1905-06.  He intended it as a collection of “musical wildflowers” reflective not only of the songs but of the singers who sang them to Grainger and their personalities.

The second half of the program opens with Louis Elbel's “The Victors,” the school fight song for the University of Michigan Wolverines.

Charlie Suriyakham will take the stage next (in his blue U.S. Coast Guard Band uniform) and perform Gioachino Rossini’s “Introduction, Theme and Variations.”

Suriyakham, a native of Chiang Mai, Thailand, was a professional hip-hop dancer, who came to the U.S. in 1993 to study clarinet. He was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony, for two seasons, and has performed with conductors and musicians including Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Hilary Hahn and Leonard Slatkin. He currently holds a position with the United States Coast Guard Band. He joined the music faculty at Wesleyan University in 2007.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $5 for students, with children 12 years old and under admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth and the Bookstall in Marion. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.