Past Features

May 4, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 8)

Lehman College Community Band to Present Spring Concert May 17

The Lehman College Community Band will give its final concert of the season on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the Lovinger Theatre. Titled "A Mélange of Music," the concert will feature a performance of Satoshi Yagisawa's epic tone poem Machu Picchu: City in the Sky, which depicts the majesty of the ancient Incan civilization and grandeur of their mountain-top city. This event is free and open to the public.

The band will also perform a Renaissance work for brass choir by Giovanni Gabrieli; Peter Graham's The Red Machine, which was written in honor of the British Coldstream Guards; a medley of familiar tunes entitled "Big Band Favorites," as well as works for symphonic concert band. In addition, Karl Watson, a member of the Music Department, will perform an adaptation for solo baritone saxophone of George Gershwin's "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" from the musical Porgy and Bess.

Rounding out the concert will be a special guest performance by Jose Castillo, winner of the 2009 Jerome Sala Wind Competition, who will perform Pietro Morlacchi's pastoral showpiece for flute, The Swiss Shepherd. Castillo, a senior at the Celia Cruz Bronx High School for Music, plans to attend City College in the fall to study computers and to further his musical education.

Directed by Professor Alan Hollander, the Lehman College Community Band includes Lehman students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members.

For more information, call the College's Music Department at 718-960-8247 or e-mail