April 29, 2016

Keith Brion to Guest Conduct Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Keith Brion in authentic replica uniform leading his New Sousa Band


World renowned bandmaster Keith Brion will guest conduct the Sonoma State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on a program of wind band classics at 7:30 pm May 13 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.

Brion received international acclaim as founder and leader of the New Sousa Band, a reincarnation of John Philip Sousa’s touring band – the most popular musical act in the world at the turn of the twentieth century. Brion's portrayal of The March King includes Sousa's conducting mannerisms and stage appearance from the 1920's, replicas of his baton, uniform and white gloves. Brion’s investigation of the Sousa Band's period performance technique has led to numerous modern editions of Sousa's orchestral and band music. Brion will conduct the Sonoma State ensemble in Hovhaness’ Three Journeys to a Holy Mountain and Sousa’s rarely heard The Royal Welch Fusiliers march.

The concert will feature the Diablo Valley College Symphonic Band led by Jonathan Knight. The newly formed Sonoma State Concert Band will open the program.

Tickets are $8, parking included. For information call 664-4246 or email tickets.sonoma.edu.

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located two miles east of Highway 101 on Rohnert Park Expressway.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band
Andy Collinsworth, Conductor
Keith Brion, Guest Conductor
Friday, May 13, 7:30 pm
Weill Hall

Vaughan Williams – March from Folk Song Suite
Fergal Carroll – Song of Lir
Jan Van der Roost – Suite Provençale
Warren Barker – An Irish Interlude
Henry Fillmore – Americans We
Steve Danyew – Magnolia Star
Anthony Iannacone – After a Gentle Rain
Alan Hovhaness – Three Journeys to a Holy Mountain
John Philip Sousa – The Royal Welch Fusiliers
Charles Ives – Variations on America
Luis Serrano Alarcon – Duende




Keith Brion, Music Director of his own New Sousa Band, has appeared as a frequent guest conductor with nearly all of America's major symphony orchestras and professional bands. His New Sousa Band, begun in 1979, is a realization of Mr. Brion's dream to reincarnate the Sousa Band and once again tour America's towns and cities.
He has been a frequent guest conductor of professional bands among which are the Stockholm Symphonic Wind Orchestra, New York City's Goldman Band, The California Wind Orchestra, and the Allentown Band. He has also appeared with most of the major service bands, including the U.S. Marine Band, Army Field Band, Army Band, Coast Guard Band and the U.S. Army Band of Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. University and school band appearances have included Florida State, Michigan State, University of Texas, Ohio State, Kentucky and the University of Iowa, plus the National Music Camp at Interlochen.
In addition to leading the New Sousa Band, Mr. Brion maintains an active career as an orchestra conductor, presenting his popular Sousa revival concerts with almost all of America's symphony orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Louis, Dallas, Milwaukee symphonies. His overseas orchestral engagements have included the London Concert Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony.
Keith Brion is a former Director of Bands at Yale University, where he led the Yale Band in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and in an all-Ives program program at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. Prior to coming to Yale, he was the founder and music director of the North Jersey Wind Symphony and a long-time band educator and music supervisor in the New Jersey public schools.
He has published many editions for band, including the music of Charles Ives, Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa, and D.W. Reeves, and is the author of numerous articles. He has published a series of Sousa publications in collaboration with Loras Schissel, curator of the Sousa collection at the Library of Congress. These Sousa editions are published by Willow Blossom Music and distributed by the CL. Barnhouse Co. A new Sousa series: "New Sousa Band Editions", is being published by Southern Music Co. of San Antonio.
Mr. Brion is currently recording the complete wind music of John Philip Sousa for Naxos records with London's Royal Artillery Band. Eight volumes of a projected 16 CD series have been recorded.


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