NSCB to perform annual Cathedral Concert

The North Suburban Concert Band has a variety of music planned for its upcoming annual Cathedral Concert, featuring classical saxophonist Gary Crowe.

The North Suburban Concert Band performs its annual Cathedral Concert this coming weekend. (Photo submitted)

The North Suburban Concert Band performs its annual Cathedral Concert this coming weekend. (Photo submitted)

The concert, under the direction of John Rosner, will be performed Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m., at Meadow Creek Church, 3037 Bunker Lake Blvd. N.W., Andover.

A goodwill offering will be taken to benefit the Alexandra House women and children’s shelter in Blaine.

Among concert selections, the band will perform “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,” composed by Wagner.

Three of five movements from Johan Meij’s “Symphony No. 1. The Lord of the Rings” will give audience-members a colorful pallet of tonal contrast: a taste of heroic music in the “Gandalf” (The Wizard) movement, an ominous feel in “Journey in the Dark” and a cheerful “Hobbits” movement to end the piece. The symphony is based on Tolkien’s popular novel of the same name.

The NSCB will also perform the music of Charlie Chaplin.

This concert shines a spotlight on Crowe, an Anoka High School graduate, who went on to earn his bachelor of arts degree from St. John’s University and master’s of music degree in saxophone performance from the University of Michigan. The band will accompany the talented Crowe on some selections. The award-winning Crowe has served on the faculty of state colleges and universities. He continues to teach saxophone at Bethel University.

His performances as a soloist and International Saxophone Quartet member have taken him to performance venues throughout the United States, China and the Philippines.

The community is invited to this annual event. For more information, visit www.nscband.org.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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