This joyful overture resulted from an initiative of Dr. Richard Greenwood of the University of Central Florida. He brought together a four band consortium to commission a seven minute work.
Orlando Concert Band – director, Richard Greenwood
Scott County High School Symphonic Winds – director, Tom Brawner
University High School Symphonic Band – director, Philip Obado
Winter Park High School Wind Ensemble – director, Joel Moody
Since its initial performance was due to take place as part of a programme entitled ‘Song and Dance’ I decided this work needed to contain elements of both song and dance. And since I was (and still am) feeling very much at home in Orlando I wanted it to be a kind of tribute to my adopted city – hence the title!
The music is constructed in a fairly simple rondo form, with an exuberant trumpet tune built over a 7/8 ostinato, and a quirky 2nd theme and a songlike third both in 2/4.
The premiere, in St. Luke’s Church Oviedo on January 19, 2008 earned a rapturous response. Three other very successful performances followed in that year alone. February 13th 2011 marked the fine ‘university premiere’, at the University of Central Florida, followed a week later by an even finer performance – the featured recording – by the same group in St. Luke’s Church, Oviedo.
Orlando, Florida, 2011
Article on Rondorlando by Joel Moody made available by kind permission of WASBE.
“…. the momentum and excitement keeps building right to the end ….”
Instrumentation: Wind Ensemble (or Symphonic Band)
1 Picc. 3 Fl. 1 Ob. 1 C.A. 1 Eb Cl. 4 Bb Cl. 1 BassCl. 2 Alt.Sax. 1 Ten.Sax. 1 Bar.Sax. 2 Bsn. // 4 F Hn. 3 Bb Tpt. 3 Tbn. 1 Euph. 1 Tba. // 1 Str.Bass 1 Pno. // 1 Timp. 6 Perc.
6th performance: UCF WInd Ensemble, Michael Garasi
4th performance: University High School (Orlando, FL), Philip Obado
3nd performance: Winter Park High School Wind Ensemble (FL), Joel Moody
World Premiere: Orlando Concert Band, Richard Greenwood
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