Tuba Capriccio Featured at Concord Band Fall Concert
Dr. Chi-Sun Chan, tuba soloist
Concord, Mass, October 7, 2013 —
The Concord Band is pleased to present its own tuba player Chi-Sun Chan as
the featured soloist at its October 26 Fall Concert, “By Request.”
Dr. Chan, a member of the Band since 2009, has been music director/conductor
of the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA) Chinese Music
Ensemble since 2002.
Dr. Chan has chosen Capriccio for Tuba and Band by contemporary
British composer Rodney Newton, who has scored music for British films and TV,
and was Music Consultant to the London Film School for 21 years.
In the Capriccio, Newton intertwines extremely fast percussive sections
with flowing melodies.
Originally written for British tubist James Gourlay in 2002 in both brass and
wind band versions, the piece has become a worldwide favorite for soloists and
Several short cadenzas are neatly woven into the structure to effectively
create a one movement tuba concerto.
A native of Hong Kong, and now a resident of Cambridge, Chi-Sun Chan
received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in brass performance from Boston
As a professional tubist, he has played concert tours throughout the US,
Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
In 2003, Dr. Chan arranged and performed in a recital, “Guzheng
Suite” (for tuba and guzheng, a Chinese plucked zither) at the
Northeastern Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference at the University of
He has given Chinese music lectures at Harvard University, Boston University,
Berklee College of Music, Lasell College, Wellesley College, and the
University of Kentucky.
The balance of the Fall Concert program features music requested by Concord
Band members and written by American and international composers comprising a
wide variety of symphonic band musical styles and genres.
Twentieth-century British band composer Gordon Jacob, the late American
composer Clifton Williams, contemporary American composers Robert Jager, Eric
Whitacre, Roger Cichy, and contemporary Dutch composer Johan de Meij are
For the Fall Concert, Concord Band Music Director James O’Dell has
chosen Quartets, a recently-published piece by University of Rhode
Island professor and Concord Band favorite Roger Cichy, who described Quartets
as “a unique work exposing a multitude of quartets that exist within the
Containing twenty “quartet” moments, the piece exploits the
instrumental timbres of traditional quartets, which weave a musical tapestry.
O’Dell says the work “really begins to cook and features jazzy
rhythmic grooves contrasted with beautiful soaring lyricism and
Previously, Roger Cichy composed Flowing Pens From Concord on
commission from the Concord Band for its 50th anniversary in 2009.
The contemporary American choral composer and Grammy nominated
“virtual choir” innovator Eric Whitacre composed the lush and
pastoral October in 2000 for Brian Anderson and the Nebraska Wind
Consortium, comprised of more than twenty-five high school, college, and
university wind ensembles throughout the midwestern U.S.
Whitacre, whose favorite month is October, attempted to capture the essence
and mood of a crisp October day.
Whitacre said the piece describes the beautifully natural harmonic language
and flavor of the changing season, and that “I feel there just
isn’t enough lush, beautiful music written for winds.”
No wonder that October has become a favorite of bands everywhere.
Contrasting sharply in tone and style with October is Johan de
Meij’s Gandalf, the first movement of his very successful first
composition for band Symphony #1,The Lord of the Rings.
The Gandalf theme introduced in this movement reappears throughout the
An allegro vivace section aptly captures a vivacious ride on
Gandalf’s horse, Shadowfax.
De Meij’s The Lord of the Rings was featured at a 25th
anniversary concert earlier this year in The Netherlands with the composer
The symphony was so successful that De Meij did a transcription for full
orchestra that premiered in 2001.
Although de Meij is still a prolific and often-played band composer, The
Lord of the Rings remains his most popular work.
Jim O’Dell expects to program the full 45 minute symphony for the
Concord Band at some future concert.
The Concord Band’s Fall Concert also includes An Original
Suite, written in 1928 by British composer Gordon Jacob; Symphonic
Dance #3 (Fiesta), rescored by American composer Clifton Williams in 1967
from his own orchestral work about the Mexican influence in San Antonio, TX;
former Marine Band arranger Robert Jager’s Esprit de Corps, a
lively 1985 fantasy on the Marines’ Hymn; and John Philip Sousa’s
march that features a harp, triangle, and tambourine, The Nobles of the
It was written in 1923 for the international Shriners’ convention and
recreates the Turkish-style music of Shriner bands, which Sousa himself
conducted at the time, 6200-musicians strong.
Tickets to the Concord Band’s Fall Concert are $20 for adults and $10
for students and seniors.
The concert takes place at 8:00 P.M. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the
Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street in Concord, Massachusetts.
Tickets may be reserved at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact Peter Norton,
Concord Band Publicity.
Visit our website at