On Thursday, March 14, the Kohler middle school band and choir will present their Mid-Winter Music Concert. The concert, featuring the middle school bands and choirs, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Kohler Memorial Theater.
The 6th grade general music class will begin the concert with a collection of our favorite rounds and canons. Songs to include Frere Jacques and Sakura. They will then sing Oseh Shalom (A Prayer for Peace) by Joan Beckow.
The 7-8th grade treble choir will begin with Kalinka, a Russian Folk Song. The full 7-8th grade choir will follow with Poor Wayfaring Stranger, a traditional spiritual arranged by Victor C Johnson. The 7-8th grade bass voices will close with an Irish-American Folk Song, Fillimiooriay arranged by Lon Beery.
The 6th Grade Band will perform two selections. They will begin with Fanfare and March and conclude with lively version of Sea Shanty Variation.
The 7-8th Concert Band will finish the concert with four selections that will take the audience on a musical journey. The first selection is a traditional and toe tapping 6/8 march by Henry Fillmore called Headway March. The next piece is a programmatic piece called Moscow, 1941. This powerful and inspiring work is based on the famous Russian song Meadowlands and the theme is used to tell the story of the Red Army successfully defending Moscow against the German invasion of WWII. In this piece, the band explores captivating sounds, colors and harmonies. The band will then transport the audience back to the American Wild West with its rendition of All Trails Lead West. The final selection on the concert is an energetic dance called African Marching Songs.
The choirs are directed by Eva Stokes and the bands are under the direction of Richard Tengowski. Both concerts are free and open to the public.