Darin Kamstra to Raise The Roof on October 28th with the GJSO

On Tuesday, October 28th, the Grand Junction Symphony returns to Grand Junction High School Auditorium for an evening of Dvorak and American composers Bernstein and Daugherty. Darin, Daugherty & Dvorak begins at 7:30pm and will feature GJSO principal percussionist Dr. Darin Kamstra on timpani performing Michael Daugherty’s Raise The Roof as well as Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Daugherty’s Rosa Parks Boulevard and Dvorak’s famed Symphony No. 8.

The evening begins with Bernstein’s Overture to Candide. While Candide never enjoyed the popularity of West Side Story, it still shows Bernstein’s musical genius and creativity. The overture contains many of the memorable tunes from the show and is a very flashy fanfare. The operetta was composed between 1955-56, and the Overturewas first performed as a stand alone piece on January 26, 1957, with the Bernstein himself conducting.

Darin Kamstra is the Director of Jazz Studies and Percussion at Colorado Mesa University. He currently serves as principal timpanist/percussionist of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, performs on drumset with the Grand Junction Rockestra and CMU Faculty Jazz Quartet, and appears frequently as a percussion and jazz clinician and recitalist regionally and nationally.

Grammy ®award-winning composer Michael Daugherty is one of the most commissioned, performed and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today. Daugherty has been hailed by The Times(London) as “a master icon maker” with a “maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear.”

Daugherty first came to international attention when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman, performed his Metropolis Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1994. Since that time, Daugherty’s music has entered the orchestral, band and chamber music repertory and made him, according to the League of American Orchestras, one of the ten most performed living American composers.

Rosa Parks Boulevard (1999) pays tribute to the woman who, in 1955, helped set in motion the modern civil rights movement by her refusal to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks Boulevardfeatures the trombone section, echoing the voices of generations of African American preachers in Detroit and across the country. Fragments of the melody Oh Freedom are played in musical canons by the trombones.

Raise the Roof (2003), for timpani and orchestra, was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for the opening of its Max Fisher Music Center. Raise the Roof brings the timpani into the orchestral foreground as the foundation of a grand acoustic construction. I have composed music that gives the timpanist the rare opportunity to play long expressive melodies, and a tour de force cadenza. The timpanist uses a wide variety of performance techniques: extensive use of foot pedals for melodic tuning of the drums, placement of a cymbal upside down on the head of the lowest drum to play glissandi rolls, and striking the drums with regular mallets, wire brushes, maraca sticks, and even bare hands.

Symphony No. 8 was composed by Antonin Dvořák
 in his beloved Bohemian countryside in 1889. The score was originally published as his Fourth Symphony but was actually the eighth symphony he composed and is usually so numbered today. Dvořák had an affinity for the darker instrumental colors of the orchestra which give his orchestra works their individuality. This particular symphony is sometimes referred to as the “Cello Symphony,” as many of the major themes are introduced by the cello section.

Great seats are still available and can be purchased online at gjso.org, by calling 243-6787 or visiting the Grand Junction Symphony office at 414 Main Street. Ticket prices range from $20-$30 for adults and just $5 for students with a valid ID.

Darin, Daugherty & Dvorak is sponsored in-part by US Bank.

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