The St. Olaf Band, dubbed “one of America’s preeminent bands” by The New Yorker, will perform in DeKalb on Feb. 7 as part of its 2014 national tour.
The band’s repertoire includes David Maslanka’s “A Child’s Garden of Dreams,” “Overture for Band” by John Heins, the second movement from Persichetti’s Symphony No. 6, and Dan Welcher’s “Zion.”
Founded in 1891, the St. Olaf Band is an ensemble noted for superb musicianship. Under the leadership of conductor Dr. Timothy Mahr, the St. Olaf Band performs the very best compositions and transcriptions for symphonic band. It is the oldest music organization at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and has toured nationally since 1904 and internationally since 1906.
In October 2011, the St. Olaf Band performed for King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway during their visit to St. Olaf College. The band also played for the royals when they visited the campus in 1995; after that visit the band toured Norway with the St. Olaf Choir and St. Olaf Orchestra in commemoration of the centennial of Norway’s peaceful separation from Sweden.
In March 1997, the St. Olaf Band was one of four college and university bands from the United States invited to perform for the American Bandmasters Association annual convention in San Diego, Calif. The band also performed during the opening concert of the 2004 National Convention of the Music Educators National Conference in Minneapolis. In 2013, the St. Olaf Band was selected through a blind adjudication process as one of only 10 collegiate wind ensembles to perform at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) national conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Conductor Timothy Mahr is a nationally recognized composer with more than 60 works to his credit, including “The Soaring Hawk,” for which he received the ABA/Ostwald Award. Mahr has guest-conducted a number of professional and award-winning ensembles, including the United States Air Force Band and the United States Army Field Band, as well as intercollegiate and all-state bands in over 25 states. He is the principal conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, a featured ensemble at the 2008 Midwest Clinic, the largest international band conference in the world.
The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at DeKalb High School. Tickets are free for students and cost $10 for adults and seniors. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available on the night of the concert, in advance at stolaftickets.com or by calling 800-363-5487.