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A Musical Observance

by The St. Olaf Band

Recordings taken from the 1995 winter tour program, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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1. Overture for Band
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2. Funeral March
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3. Color: 1. Stanes Morris
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4. Color: 2. Stingo
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5. Color: 3. Daphne
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6. Color: 4. Argeers
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7. Color: 5. The Slip
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8. Endurance
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9. Sinfonia Festiva: Toccata
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10. Narrative 1: "Fifty years ago, the greatest war of all time . . ."
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11. Fanfare for Freedom
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12. Narrative 2: "Mourton Gould's Fantasy for Freedom is . . ."
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13. Glenn Miller in Concert
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14. Narrative 3: "At the same time, across the Atlantic . . ."
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15. Symphony No. 1: In Memoriam: Dresden, Germany, 1945
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16. When Jesus Wept
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17. Narrative 4: "When we look back at these difficult times . . ."
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18. Epilogue: "Lest We Forget"
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19. Narrative 5: "As we look back upon the history of World War II . . ."
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20. Midway March
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The first five works contained on this recording are typical of the programming presented annually by the St. Olaf Band. They are taken from the Homecoming Concert, the winter tour program and the Alumni Concert, given during commencement weekend.

The remaining works on the recording comprised the second half of the '95 winter tour program, which was shared with audiences in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The works were presented without pause, connected by narratives researched and written by band members. The music-making was certainly rewarding in and of itself on the tour - it was not uncommon to hear soft crying in the audience members after each performance will perhaps be remembered longer by the players, as interesting discussions ensued about personal experiences with World War II and the expressive power of music.

The 84-member St. Olaf Band celebrated its centennial year with a tour of Great Britain, becoming the first college music organization to perform at the famed Aldeburgh Festival. The St. Olaf Band was also the first American collegiate band to make a European concert tour, traveling to Norway under the baton of F. Melius Christiansen to perform for King Haakon and capacity crowds in 1906. The band has subsequently toured several times in Norway, Great Britain and central Europe, as well as throughout the United States. Memorable performances include invitations to the national conventions of the American Bandmasters Association (1997), College Band Directors National Association (1987) and Music Educators National Conference (2004). The band toured Britain and Ireland in the summer of 2000, participated in a study tour of Mexico in January 2004, and recently participated in a study tour of Japan in January 2010.

A professor of music at St. Olaf College, Timothy Mahr conducts the St. Olaf Band and teaches courses in composition, conducting and music education. He is a past president of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association. Also principal conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, Mahr was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1993.


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