About This Event
Hailed as “one of America’s preeminent bands” by the New Yorker, The 93 member St. Olaf Band led by acclaimed composer and conductor, Dr. Timothy Mahr, proudly presents selections from their program FLOURISH.
Featuring American and Australian repertoire including a celebration of Leonard Bernstein's centennial and the film scores of John Williams, Melbourne’s own Percy Grainger, and New South Wales native Jodie Blackshaw.
The band is proud to share the stage with the Royal Australian Navy Band of Melbourne, led by Lieutenant Andrew Stokes, in a historic collaboration between these two great ensembles and with more than 120 musicians on stage, it is sure to be night to remember.
The St. Olaf College Concert Band is the oldest music organization at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, a campus internationally renowned for its high caliber of musical ensembles, as well as high marks in mathematics and the sciences. The band has toured nationally since 1904 and internationally since 1906, when they performed a four-week, 30-concert tour of Norway, making them the first American collegiate band to tour Europe. The band has subsequently toured several times in Norway, Great Britain, Japan, central Europe, the Mediterranean and Mexico.
In October of 2011, the St. Olaf Band performed for King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway during their visit to St. Olaf College, the second time they have had this honor on royal visits since 1995. After the King and Queen’s visit to St. Olaf in 1995, the band toured Norway with the St. Olaf Choir and St. Olaf Orchestra, in commemoration of the centennial of Norway’s peaceful separation from Sweden.
Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne is based at HMAS Cerberus, Westernport, Victoria. The Band consists of 33 full-time members under the musical direction of Lieutenant Andrew Stokes, and is complemented by a number of Naval Reserve Musicians as required. RAN Band Melbourne provides musical support for Navy ceremonies, events and deployments, and is a highly professional public relations asset to the Royal Australian Navy. All members of the Band perform in the Parade Band and Concert Band with the majority also performing in a variety of smaller ensembles including Big Band, Jazz Group, Rock Band and Brass or Wind Quintets. In addition to supporting ceremonial occasions, RAN Band Melbourne also performs at many public events throughout Melbourne and Victoria, including school concerts, community music festivals, local commemorative services and large sporting events. In short, RAN Band Melbourne is an extremely versatile group of talented musicians who are proud to serve the nation in the finest traditions of the Royal Australian Navy Band.
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