Featuring world-renowned trumpeter Ronald Romm and offering a tribute to late jazz musician Dave Brubeck, the Parkland College Orchestra and Parkland Wind Ensemble's "Spring Celebration" will be held Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Parkland Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.
The Parkland Orchestra, conducted by Jack Ranney, will perform the famous jazz piece "Take Five," composed by Paul Desmond and arranged by Bob Cerulli, among other selections. First recorded by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on its "Time Out" album in 1959, "Take Five" is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, widely known as the tune that introduced 5/4 meter to the jazz scene. Brubeck, designated a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, died December 5, 2012.
Also selected for the concert is "La Virgen de la Macarena," a traditional piece arranged by University of Illinois School of Music Professor Ronald Romm, acknowledged as one of music's preeminent trumpeters and clinicians of today. Romm will be a featured soloist during the concert.
A child prodigy who began his soloist career at age 10, Romm attended the University of Southern California before transferring to the Juilliard School. There, he completed his bachelor's and master's degrees and studied with William Vacchiano, legendary teacher and former principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Romm retired in June 2000 from the Canadian Brass, one of the world's premiere brass ensembles, after 30 years, more than 4,500 concerts, 50 recordings, and numerous television concert specials, videos, and master classes. He has performed live and recorded CDs with such leading artists as Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, and Doc Severinsen, as well as with brass performers from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
The Parkland Wind Ensemble, conducted by Verlin Richardson, will perform several selections, including "First Suite in Eb for Military Band" by Gustav Holst, considered a cornerstone of the wind band repertoire, and "Sevens" by Samuel R. Hazo, inspired by the music of George Gershwin as well as Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band. The ensemble will also perform "American Overture for Band" by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, a familiar staple of wind literature, and "Transcendent Journey" by Rossano Galante.
In a fitting tribute to the nation's current sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War, a defining moment in U.S. history, the wind ensemble will conclude with "American Civil War Fantasy" by Jerry H. Bilik. This selection incorporates fragments from a number of popular songs from this period.