Woodbridge, VA (PRWEB) March 2, 2006
The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music Concert Band will perform in Carnegie Hall on March 9, 2006 beginning at 8 p.m. The Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music was founded by legendary artist Don Pablo Casals in 1959. The Concert Band in the Puerto Rico Conservatory was organized in 1982 under Prof. Harry Rosario.
In April of 2003 the Concert Band was designated the recipient of the Gold Prize for its performance in the First New York Wind Band Festival, held right here in this hallowed national monument.
Tasking its players with repertoire requiring a high level of technical proficiency, the Band experience envisions exposure to diverse aspects of ensemble performance. These experiences are enhanced through the participation, individually or collectively, in Master Classes taught by Guest Artists such as Maestro Theo Alcántara, Capt. Chad A. Steffey [Conductor and Commanding Officer of the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve], Col. Dennis M. Layendecker [Commander and Conductor of the US Air Force Band], David Finlayson and Jerome Ashby [members of the New York Philharmonic], Prof. Fred Ormand [Michigan University, Ann Arbor], Steven Norell, Pedro Díaz and Javier Gándara [members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra], Ricardo Morales [Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra] and various other distinguished performers.
Because of its unique position in Puerto Rico's musical community, the Conservatory's Concert Band has undertaken the local premieres of pieces from the standard repertoire for Wind/Percussion groups. It has also been the dedicatee of several major works by reputed local composers, and is proud to note that several of its alumni now hold positions in the ranks of the Puerto Rico Symphony and other ensembles in the continental United States.