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Cornerstones Poster
Cornerstones:  Wind Ensembles' "Greatest Hits"

2:30 PM CDT, Sunday, March 17, 2019

Morrison Auditorium, Quincy, Illinois

Dr. Trent Hollinger

For well over 100 years, wind ensembles have performed pierces considered to be the "cornerstones" of wind band literature.  On March 17, the Quincy Concert Band will bring many of these greatest hits to the stage.   Conductor Trent Hollinger will lead the band through a selection of cornerstone pieces composed over the last 20 years.

The featured compositions will range in age from the 1899 John Philip Sousa march "Hands Across The Sea", to Wayne Oquin's 2014 award-winning "Affirmation", which explores the often conflicting emotions that encompass the human condition: life and death, love and loss, darkness and light.

"Many iconic composers have crafted works that continue to inspire and challenge musicians every day," commented Hollinger. " I cannot think of a better way to showcase the Quincy Concert Band than performing some of these 'cornerstones' for our audience.

Also included in the performance will be Gustav Holst's "First Suite in E Flat", considered by many to be the first piece composed for the modern wind band.  Another is "Divertimento", whose composer, Vincent Persichetti,  originally started writing his piece with a full orchestra in mind.  But midway through the prologue, which featured the brass tossing the woodwinds a back and forth movement, Persichetti realized that strings were never going to have a place in his composition, and so he completed it for band.

There no admission charge for Quincy Concert Band concerts. However, donations are welcome to assist with the band’s expenses.  

The Quincy Concert Band is an all-volunteer wind ensemble that performs a spring and fall concert each year.  Members of the band come from all walks of life in the community.  The band rehearses weekly leading up to each performance.  

For more information, or to join the band, please contact Dr. Hollinger at thollinger@culver.edu, or board president John Schneider at quincyconcertband@gmail.com.