Fall Instrumental Concert Set For October 27
by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 10/21/2022
The instrumental music department at Iowa Central will be presenting its first concert of the 2022–2023 year October 27.
This year, the concert will take place in a new venue, the auditorium in the Bioscience and Heath Sciences Building as the Performing Arts Department’s home, Decker Auditorium, undergoes renovations.
The concert band, under the direction of Instrumental Music Director Paul Bloomquist, will perform three selections: the first, “Hollywood Milestones,” features titles from well-known movies, including “Jaws,” “Star Trek,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Back to the Future” and “Forrest Gump.” A video game themed arrangement featuring songs from “Civilization IV,” includes a tune more familiarly known as “Baba Yetu”
The band will then transition into the Halloween spirit, closing their segment of the concert with “Music for a Darkened Theater,” a medley featuring songs from “Tales from the Crypt,” “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Beetlejuice” and “Spiderman.”
“This piece features the music of Danny Elfman,” said Bloomquist. “He has done a lot of music for Tim Burton movies and this medley really has a Halloween type of feel to it.”
The jazz band will feature four pieces with a variety of styles, including a swing piece, “Moten Swing.” They will slow things down with “Harlem Nocturne,” a ballad and bossa nova arrangement of “Blue Skies.” They will close their set with a swing tune, “Bumper to Bumper.”
The percussion ensemble will also be featured to finish out the concert.
“It will be a novelty pops type of concert,” said Bloomquist.
The fall concert is the first of many smaller concerts the bands will put on while Decker Auditorium is being remodeled. Bloomquist said the small venue allows for each ensemble to be featured on its own, along with more opportunities for soloists than offered in large-scale productions with multiple ensembles that have been put on in the past.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and is free for all to attend.
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