Jordan Rich to appear with Concord Band
Concord, Mass, February 23, 2015 —
Boston radio personality Jordan Rich, of WBZ, will join the Concord Band for
its Winter Concert at 8 p.m. March 7 at the Performing Arts Center,
51 Walden St., Concord.
The theme is “Portraits,” and Rich will narrate Aaron
Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and W. Francis McBeth’s Of
Sailors and Whales, a portrait of various characters from Herman
Melville’s novel Moby Dick.
Rich is a Boston radio veteran, having worked in the market for 36 years.
The band is excited about this collaboration, which is sponsored in part by
a grant from the Concord Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported
by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
From 1996 to the present, Rich has hosted an all-night radio show on
At WBZ, he has interviewed thousands of authors, actors, athletes,
historians, artists and scientists.
Those included Concord Band music director Jim O’Dell and music
director emeritus Bill McManus, who had an extended interview together on
Rich’s program at the time of the band’s 50th anniversary and
McManus’ transition to O’Dell in 2009.
They discussed community bands and the importance of the arts. In 2013,
following the Concord Band’s Holiday Pops concert in the snow,
O’Dell called in to Rich’s program on his way home and discussed
the concert as well as the weather.
When Jim later asked Rich if he would like to narrate Lincoln
Portrait, Rich said that he was honored to be asked and that he had
always wanted to narrate the Copland piece.
Copland wrote Lincoln Portrait in 1943 as part of a series of
commissions and concert programs organized and led by conductor Andre
Kostelanetz to promote American music.
The Copland piece, which features words taken from various Lincoln speeches,
is one of the earliest pieces written for large ensemble and narrator, and
was transcribed in 1951 for band by Walter Beeler.
Each of the five movements of McBeth’s Moby Dick portrait for
band begins with a quotation from Melville’s novel that Jordan Rich
It then offers an evocative musical portrait of that scene.
The five movements (scenes) are “Ishmael”,
“Queequeg”, “Father Mapple”, “Ahab” and
“The White Whale”.
This work is both intense and lyrical and includes nearly the entire band
singing a hymn in the Father Mapple movement.
Other musical portraits chosen by music director Jim O’Dell, all
written for band, include “Marches” from the Symphony No. 4 (West Point) of Morton Gould; A Movement for Rosa, by Mark Camphouse,
honoring the civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks; and Dichotomy...
Impressions of Kerouac, written for the Concord Band in 1997 by
University of Massachusetts/Lowell Director of University Bands Daniel Lutz.
Gould wrote the West Point Symphony in 1952 for the 150th
anniversary of the U.S. Military Academy, where he conducted the premiere
with the Academy Band.
Dan Lutz composed Dichotomy to commemorate the 50th anniversary of
the writing of Kerouac’s novel On The Road, as well as the 75th
anniversary of Kerouac’s birth.
This Concord Band commission was also supported by the Lowell Cultural
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
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For additional information, contact Ken Troup,
Concord Band Publicity.
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