The world premiere of two new compositions – including one by a Lakeland College graduate – will be among the works performed at the Lakeland Winter Band Concert, set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. The event, held at Lakeland's Bradley Theatre, is free of charge and open to the public.
Lakeland's Director of Bands Chris Werner has selected a "New Kids on the Block" theme for the program, which also includes selections appropriate for young bands and pieces written by young or brand new composers.
Two special pieces are the world premieres, including a work by Wisconsin composer Larry Daehn that was written for the Lakeland Band, and a work by 1992 Lakeland graduate Daniel Seibel called "Three Nautical Motifs." The band will play parts of the Seibel piece at this concert, with a full premiere at the spring concert in April.
Werner said the piece by Seibel is in three movements, and the band is excited to debut portions of it during this concert.
"Given that it's a work composed by a Lakeland graduate, it takes on some special significance for us, and we're very happy he's chosen his alma mater to debut this work," Werner said.
Daehn's work, which is yet untitled, is a gift to the college and to Werner from the former band director at New Glarus, Wis. Werner and Daehn previously worked together through the National Band Organization, and when Daehn heard that Werner was diagnosed with cancer, he was motivated to compose this work as a gift.
"It's an incredibly generous gesture on his part, and we're honored to perform it," Werner said. "This work and the debut of Daniel Seibel's piece really make this a special concert for us."
Additional pieces in the program will include John Mackey's "Sheltering Sky," James Curnow's "Fanfare and Flourishes," Carter Pann's "Hold This Boy and Listen" and Steven Bryant's "The Machine Awakes," which uses amplified electronics.
The Feb. 7 concert will be the Lakeland band's second performance of the weekend. They are also playing on Feb. 6 in the Bradley Theatre as part of the convention of the Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association. The WYBDA is hosting its honor band at Lakeland that day (Werner is one of the guest conductors with that honor band), and Lakeland's band is playing parts of the program as part of their concert.