The Heidelberg Symphonic Band will present its Spring concert, “Flashbacks”, on April 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Brenneman Concert Hall on the Heidelberg campus. The concert takes its title from a similarly titled piece “Flashbax”, which will be performed. “Flashbax” was commissioned by the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductor’s Association (OPCICA) in memory of Dr. William Schlacks, a founding member of the organization and Director of Bands at Muskingum University. Dr. Schlacks passed away unexpectedly two years ago, and the work calls upon his love of classic band literature, including short dream-like quotations from many standard works in the band repertoire. The composer is Dr. Jesse Ayers from Malone University, who will be in attendance at the concert. The premiere of “Flashbax” was at the OPCICA festival in January 2013, with Dr. John E. Owen of Heidelberg conducting. Dr. Owen is also a founding member of OPCICA.
The program also includes other works , both new and older, for winds and percussion, representing both traditional composers and more contemporary voices. Representing the more traditional repertoire will be “Children of the Regiment”, a march by Czech composer Julius Fucik, “Children’s March: Over the Hills and Far Away” by Australian-born Percy Grainger, and “Old Home Days” by American composer Charles Ives. In addition to “Flashbax”, more contemporary composers will be represented by David Maslanka’s (born 1943)“Golden Light”, an evocative work inspired by the composer’s walk in the woods on a sunny Fall day, and by Daniel Kallman’s (born 1956)“The Jig is Up”, a whimsical take on traditional Irish jigs.