The Salem Concert Band, under the direction of conductor John Skelton, will celebrate Hispanic culture with our Fall 2016 concert, Fiesta! The band will give two performances of this concert. The first will be on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. The second performance will be in the Central High School Auditorium in Independence, Oregon on Saturday, November 5, at 7 pm.

The concert will honor many facets of Hispanic culture, beginning with music inspired by Aztec history and traditions. One of the most famous compositions of Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, Sensemayá, is based on the poem by Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén. A narrated fable about The Rabbit and the Coyote will be followed by a set of Mexican children’s songs. A Venezuelan dance, the lively Joropo, concludes the first half of the show. Our audience will be entertained by the Woodburn High School Mariachi Band during intermission.

Kevin Vaughn, bass clarinet soloist, will perform the virtuosic new concerto The Castle of Dr. Bassclar by Spanish composer Ferrer Ferran, inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson novel “The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde”. The work will receive a dramatic new interpretation by Kristie Lauren, dancer with the Rainbow Dance Theatre in Monmouth.

The band will honor the Day of the Dead celebration with two selections. The concert will conclude with a set of familiar Mexican songs, sung by Roberto Vazquez, a wonderful singer who recently moved to our area from Mexico. The concert celebrates the spirit of Fiesta, and honors many aspects of Hispanic culture.

The Salem Concert Band’s guest artists include:
Roberto Vazquez, singer
The Woodburn High School Mariachi Band conducted by Brian Gingerich
Arturo Sarmiento, Narrator and Master of Ceremonies
Kevin Vaughn, Bass Clarinet Soloist
Kristie Lauren, dancer with Rainbow Dance Theatre, Monmouth, Oregon
Valerie Bergman, choreographer

Musical selections will include:
Escenas De Los Aztecas composed by James Barnes
Sensemayá composed by Silvestre Revueltas, arranged by Janssen
The Rabbit and the Coyote composed by Leroy Osmon
El Raton Vaquero composed by Cri Cri (Francisco Gabilondo Soler)
La Patita composed by Cri Cri (Francisco Gabilondo Soler)
Joropo composed by Moisés Moleiro, arranged by Johan de Meij
The Castle of Dr. Bassclar composed by Ferrer Ferran, Bass Clarinet solo with Dancer
Dia de los Muertos composed by Leroy Osmon
La Charreada arranged by Franco Cesarini
Mariachi Band set to be announced
Guadalajara composed by Pepe Guizar, arranged by Juan Ortiz

Tickets are $20 for reserved seats, $15 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets are available now for Salem and Independence or by calling 503 362-0485.

Featured soloist: Kevin Vaughn

A native of Massachusetts, Kevin Vaughn started clarinet at age 9 and 53 years later is still playing. Kevin plays all members of the clarinet family from Eb soprano to contrabass, as well as all members of the oboe family. Highlights of his early career include lessons with Chester Hazlett, who played under Toscanini, and playing Eb clarinet in the Worcester (MA) Symphony. After obtaining a PhD in genetics from Miami of Ohio, Vaughn had a career as a plant cell biologist with USDA in Mississippi. While in MS, Kevin played clarinets and/ or oboes in a number of groups, including the MS Wind Symphony, MS Orchestra, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Delta Symphony. Retirement in 2010 brought Kevin to Salem to pursue his other passion of breeding ornamental plants; his three acre yard has already been on tours of many horticultural societies. Kevin has been a member of the Salem Concert Band nearly since the day he arrived in town and has played all of the “other” clarinets with the group.  He has also participated in a number of other local musical groups in Salem, McMinnville and Corvallis.

Master of Ceremonies: Arturo Sarmiento

Arturo Sarmiento was born in Mexico City. At the age of 12 years-old he won a poetry contest in his school and was awarded with a live presentation on a radio show. He immediately felt in love with the fascinating world of radio and social communication. He attended to Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana and majored in Humanities. Arturo has been a professional announcer for almost 25 years, licensed by the Mexican Federal Department of Education (Secretaria de Educacion Publica). He has been a master of ceremonies in many different political, artistic and sports events, and participated in many radio shows as a hosts and collaborator. Arturo has cultivated poetry for almost his entire life. He’s working in the publishing of his first collection of poems written in Oregon. Arturo hosts the radio show Hispanidades at KMUZ.