St. Olaf band to perform in Spring Lake Park

The St. Olaf Band, under the direction of Timothy Mahr, is set to perform at Spring Lake Park High School as part of its 2013 national tour.

The St. Olaf band will perform in concert at Spring Lake Park District 16’s Fine Arts Center Jan. 26 as part of a national tour. Photo submitted

The St. Olaf band will perform in concert at Spring Lake Park District 16’s Fine Arts Center Jan. 26 as part of a national tour. Photo submitted

The concert, free to students and $10 for adults, will be performed Saturday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., at Spring Lake Park District 16’s Fine Arts Center, 1100 81st Ave. N.E.

The concert will feature two original works. “The Valley of the Dry Bones,” composed by recent St. Olaf graduate Jonathan Bartz and Mahr’s “Imagine, If You Will.”

Other selections are: the second movement of Maslanka’s “Symphony No. 5,” Ron Nelson’s “Savannah River Holiday,” Leos Janacek’s “Sinfonietta” and Quirino Gasparini’s, “Adoramus te, Christe.”

Founded in 1891, the St. Olaf Band is the oldest music organization at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The band has toured nationally since 1904 and internationally since 1906.

In 2011, the band performed for King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway during their visit to the college. This was the second time for such an honor, the first being in 1995.

Mahr, professor of music at St. Olaf College, is a nationally recognized composer with more than 60 works to his credit.

Among numerous performing groups, he has guest-conducted the U.S. Air Force Band and the U.S. Army Field Band. He has also directed intercollegiate and all-state bands in more than 25 states.

Mahr is also principal conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds.

St. Olaf’s 2013 band tour will take the group to Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska and back to Minnesota, where the final tour concert will be performed at Mankato West High School, Feb. 6.

To view a video and learn more about the St. Olaf Band, visit www.stolaf.edu/music/stolaf_band/. Tickets for the Spring Lake Park concert are available at the door or in advance at www.stolaftickets.com or call 1-800-363-5487.

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