Many American composers have tried their hands at re-working pieces by more famed composers. i.e. writing arrangements. Thus come alive transformations presented by Nebraska Brass February 7th in Bellevue.  Of special note: a 2005 composition by Lincoln’s Randall Snyder. He has been UNL’s Composer-in-Residence and resident composer for Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. He calls his score “Purcell Changes” wherein he creates his own variations of Henry Purcell’s “Fantasia 13” originally written for viols. Spinning off from music by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy, Kurt Weill and others are Americans Bill Holcombe, Robert Elkjer, Gwyneth Walker, Keith Snell and Jack Gale.  

The concert is called “Midwinter Night’s Dream.” Underscoring that are Schumann’s Traumerei (yes, “Dreams,”  Debussy’s “Des pas sur la neige” (“Footsteps on the snow”) a song from the Weill musical “Lady in the Dark” and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust.” And, perhaps looking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day, several Irish folk songs resound.  

For this performance the trombonist is Mark Mendell, a music instructor in the Council Bluffs school system. The trumpets are played by Dean Haist and Brad Obbink with french horn by Richard Ricker;  they are from Lincoln. On the tuba is Master Sergeant Alex J. Serwatowski of the U.S. Air Force who often is often heard with Offutt Brass and Vortex at the Base and is an instructor at UNO.

This friendly offering occurs before lights go on everywhere showing the way home to warm welcomes in the night ahead.

Nebraska Brass appears  Feb. 7 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 104 Galvin Road North, Bellevue. Sun. 3 p.m. Tickets: $10- $12 Children & students: free.

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