De Amicitia ("On Friendship")
You are in for a real musical treat this year. Our 26th season will feature some excellent musicians, composers and conductors that we are privileged to call friends. We start the season off with a trip to Symphony Hall at the DECC. Dr. Timothy Mahr (our founder) will be back and this time he is bringing the Minnesota Symphonic Winds with him. You'll get us, them and a combined mass band. It's going to be a spectacular event.
But we don't stop there. We are bringing David Gillingham back to Duluth to work with not only us, but also the UMD Symphonic Winds and the UMD Honor Bands. You'll see him take the baton with us at the UMD Honor's Band Festival in November at Weber Hall.
We have also teamed up with the American Guild of Organists to perform our Holiday Concert in December. This will be our first time performing at Sacred Heart and we are truly looking forward to creating music with the Felgemaker organ. Charles Hendrickson, a noted Minnesota organ builder, described the tonal qualities of the Sacred Heart organ in his Survey of Old Pipe Organs:
The Felgemaker organ in Sacred Heart… is not particularly old, by European standards, but it is certainly the largest old organ indigenous to the state… The value of this instrument is in its tonality. It is an ear opening instrument of a sound that is not expected in this era of organ building. The sound is large and reveberant in this marvelous building. Few organs in Minnesota, old or new, can produce such a sound…
Our "Blues" concert will feature songs with "blue" in the title, including George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". Back in the 60's Tom Wegren, guest pianist, played with the boys who started the group "Chicago". Eventually he decided to pursue his PhD and went on to teach music at our very own UMD. We will also share this concert with our friends in the Duluth East High School Band under the direction of Blake Peterson.
We'll close out the season with two June concerts. The first will feature composers from America and specifically some from our beloved state of Minnesota. We'll close the season with some of our favorite marches.