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Concert Program:

  • 1607—The Dream Comes Alive_, James L. Hosay

  • A Jubilant Overture_, Alfred Reed

  • And the Grass Sings in the Meadows, Travis J. Cross

  • Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band, Movements II & III, Paul Creston

    Ainsley Kilgo, soloist
  • Foundation, Mark Camphouse
  • George Washington Bicentennial, John Philip Sousa

The spotlight shines on the talents of Virginians and the contributions of Virginian composers as they take center stage in the City of Fairfax Band’s Spotlight on Virginians.

The evening features the premiere performance of And the Grass Sings in the Meadows, a new work by Travis Cross, Director of the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble, commissioned by the band for this performance. The work evokes the musical moods of springtime, as reflected poetically in the closing stanza of the “Spring Carol” by Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).

Also highlighted is a reprise performance of the powerful Foundation by local composer Mark Camphouse, Associate Professor of Music at George Mason University, which was commissioned and premiered by the band in 2006 as a memorial to Ray Abell, a longtime president of the band and an arts advocate. The work’s expansive and reflective melodic material draws on the two favorite hymn tunes “How Firm a Foundation” and “Be Still My Soul.”

Ainsley Kilgo, the City of Fairfax Band’s 2011 Young Artist Competition winner, performs as featured soloist in the meditative and rhythmic movements of Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band. A senior at Robinson High School and student of Edward Fraedrich, Kilgo maintains a private teaching studio for saxophone and plans to pursue a music education degree in college.

Other works selected by Music Director Robert Pouliot were composed to honor famous Virginians. John Philip Sousa’s rousing George Washington Bicentennial is a commemorative march composed in 1932 to memorialize the country’s first president on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth at the request of a special United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission, established by Senate Joint Resolution 85 for the gala celebration in Washington, D.C. 1607: The Dream Comes Alive, by Virginian composer James Hosay, was commissioned by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra to kick off the official celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the first English settlement in North America. The work opens with a bold fanfare and explodes with lyrical Americana before concluding with a breathtaking finish.

About Travis Cross

Travis J. Cross is an assistant professor of music at Virginia Tech, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in conducting. He completed doctoral coursework at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he studied with Mallory Thompson. He previously earned the bachelor of music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and the master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern. In 2004, he participated in the inaugural Young Conductor/Mentor Project sponsored by the National Band Association and received the Distinguished Young Band Director Award from the American School Band Directors Association of Minnesota. He was a 2006 Jacob K. Javits Fellow by the United States Department of Education, and the 1996 Collegiate Composer of the Year by the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Cross contributed a chapter to volume four of Composers on Composing for Band, available from GIA Publications. His original works and arrangements for band, choir, and orchestra are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Daehn Publications, and Theodore Music. He has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in several states and at the Midwest Clinic.

About Mark Camphouse

A product of the rich cultural life of Chicago, composer-conductor Mark Camphouse was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1954. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter, composition with Alan Stout, and trumpet with the late Vincent Cichowicz. A scholarship from the prestigious Civic Orchestra of Chicago (Training Orchestra of the Chicago Symphony) enabled Camphouse to study trumpet privately for two years with legendary Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet Emeritus, Adolph Herseth. Camphouse began composing at an early age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his First Symphony when he was 17. His works for wind band (Alfred, Kjos, Southern, and TRN Music Companies) have received widespread acclaim and are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. Many may be heard on the Albany, Citadel, and Summit labels. He has served as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician in 40 states, Canada and Europe. He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1999 and has served as coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project since 2000. He conceived and edits the unique multi-volume book series for GIA, Composers on Composing for Band. Camphouse is Associate Professor of Music at George Mason University, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches courses in conducting and composition.

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