Season 2018-2019 2018-07-08T13:13:17+00:00

Salem Symphonic Winds

Formerly Salem Concert Band

John Skelton, conductor

August 26, 2018   5:30 pm                      Wine, Winds and Song featuring Jeff Witt, Vocalist

Relax to the sounds of the Salem Symphonic Winds with a glass of world class wine, a gourmet picnic meal and some classic tunes from Broadway, rock and jazz at picturesque Youngberg Hill Winery near McMinnville. Jeff Witt will thrill you with songs like Bring Him Home from Les Miserables and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. The band will bring you favorites by Leonard Bernstein, The Beatles, Abba, Queen and much more. Pre-order a gourmet picnic provided by Roth’s Fresh Catering or bring your own picnic, but don’t miss another beautiful evening at Youngberg Hill!

November 4, 2018   3 pm                      A Richer Dust featuring Suzanne Nance, vocalist and narrator

The Salem Symphonic Winds welcome Suzanne Nance, president and CEO of the nation’s premier classical musical station All Classical Portland, as our featured vocalist and narrator for this opening concert of our 44th season. She will charm you with her vocal stylings and narrate a powerful new symphony by Nigel Clarke.

‘A Richer Dust’ intertwines text and music, weaving together voices ranging from those of historically significant figures to voiceless, ordinary people living in extraordinary times. Nobility and virtue are found in the narration. The words used in A Richer Dust, Nigel Clarke’s First Symphony, were written by a long roll-call of writers and assembled into a sequence by Danish author Marlene Sheppard Skærved. They focus on humanity’s addiction to the deathly consumption of lives through war, violence and extremism and their antitheses, creation, love and life. This is a heartfelt work, poignant in an age of populist politics, xenophobia and negative-nationalism: a call to conscience.

December 24, 2018   noon                     Christmas Eve Tuba Holiday with Jeff Witt, Vocalist

Don’t miss this Salem Christmas tradition at noon on Christmas Eve at the Elsinore! John Skelton will lead a stage full of tubas, baritones and
euphoniums performing a collection of your favorite carols. This is an opportunity to sing along with the best bass line of the season. Jeff Witt,
best known for his memorable appearances at Pentacle Theatre, will warm your hearts with a few featured vocal selections. Let Tuba Holiday
raise your spirits for a wonderful celebration of Christmas!

January 27, 2019   3 pm                         A Taste of Spain featuring members of the Al Andalus Ensemble

Join us for our musical portrait of Spain, a country with a rich tradition of music, dance and drama, that embraces diversity of cultures. Salem Symphonic Winds will feature members of the Al Andalus Ensemble in song and dance. Our featured work, Duende by Luis Serrano Alarcón, celebrates Spanish society and its many traditions. The term Duende is used in flamenco to refer to this state of inspiration and supreme perceptiveness, almost magic, which is only reached by the performer on few occasions. This set of symphonic preludes is a fusion of classical flamenco, jazz and Latin music in celebration of the cultures of Spain. Other works included on the program will be La Boda De Luis Alonzo by Jerónimo Giménez, Arabesque by Samuel Hazo and Roma by Valerie Coleman.

March 17, 2019       3 pm                        Grand Tour Musicale    Joan Paddock – trumpet soloist

Keith Weathers has inspired audiences with concerts in the tradition of the Sousa band in our annual In the Steps of Sousa concerts since 1993. In his final concert with the band, he will share the podium with John Skelton to take you on a musical tour celebrating some of the finest traditional band literature from home and abroad. You will hear his own Intrada Fuga, plus music from Suite of Old American Dances by Robert Russell Bennett and the world premiere of a new trumpet solo by local composer Zach Gulaboff Davis featuring Joan Paddock, trumpet soloist. We’ll take you to the British Isles with samplings from Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, The Lochnagar Suite of Nigel Hess, and a sprightly Irish tune to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We will cross the channel to enjoy music from The Queen of Sheba by Charles Gounod, the Homage March from Sigurd Jorsalfar by Edvard Grieg, and Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich. Our celebration will return home with a stirring rendition of our national march, John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever.

May 19, 2019   3 pm                               The Queen Symphony

We will rock you with The Queen Symphony, a magnificent symphonic treatment of the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen. British composer Tolga Kashif weaves together themes from Queen’s most popular melodies into a lush work that will feature Salem Symphonic Winds, Festival Chorale Oregon, the Salem Select Children’s Choir, with Caius Oprea, violin soloist, Georgienne Young, cello soloist…and more! Hear Another One Bites the Dust, Killer Queen, Scaramouche, We Are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, Who Wants to Live Forever and more, all cloaked in some of the most beautiful symphonic writing one can imagine. Celebrate the music of Queen performed by an expanded symphonic wind ensemble with choir and soloists. All Hail to the Queen!