College’s symphonic band to honor veterans

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Paying tribute to the remaining veterans from the “Greatest Generation,” the Daytona State College Symphonic Band takes the stage for its Sunday, Oct. 18, performance at the college’s News-Journal Center, presenting the American Premiere of  “Trombonico,’’ a three-movement work that takes, from among others, inspiration for the music of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.

First performed in Valencia, Spain during the summer of 2015, “Trombonico’’ was written by Gregory Fritze, the now retired chair of the Composition Department from the Berklee College of Music. Soloist for the work will be Dr. Edward Morse, trombone instructor at Mississippi Valley State University who also performs with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Free for students
Other works on the program, conducted by Dr. Doug Peterson, will include musical selections from the hit Broadway Show, “Chicago,’’ and traditional marches by John Philip Sousa, as well as “At Dawn They Slept,’’ a musical remembrance paying tribute to fallen heroes of that fateful day at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

The Oct. 18 concert kicks off at 2:30 p.m. in the News-Journal Center’s Davidson Theater, 221 N. Beach St. in downtown Daytona Beach. The event is free to Daytona State and Volusia and Flagler County students; all others $8 per person or $15 for two.

Yuletide Feast tickets on sale
Tickets are available now for the annual Daytona State College Yuletide Feast, Dec. 7, 8, 9 and 10 at 6:30 nightly in the Goddard Performance Hall on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Admission is $40.

The college’s famous Yuletide Feast was first performed in 1973, then called The Madrigal Dinner; people from the community felt it marked the beginning of the Christmas season. Its origins reach back as far as the medieval and renaissance periods.

Cryers announce guests as they arrive, with performers escorting them to seats at the banquet tables in the J. M. Goddard Theater – which is transformed into a medieval English castle hall with banners, sword-and-shield sconces and candles by the hundreds. A ceremonial entrance by the Royal household heralds the start of the evening’s performance, during which a sumptuous meal is served.

Guests are treated to a celebration of Christmas by the 60-voice Daytona State Choir, Brass Choir and the Courtly Dancers and the Halifax Consort, all in period costume. Performers such as the Jester, as well as lords and ladies of the court, interact with honored guests throughout the evening, encouraging guests to join in with songs such as traditional Christmas carols and The Wassail Song.

Tickets, featuring reserved seating, are available at the News-Journal Center box office Wednesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online at DaytonaState.edu/TheArts.

For more information, call 386-226-1927.

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