Brass Band of Battle Creek E-News

January 06, 2012 Happy New Year!

Spring Concert April 14, 2012 Reserve your tickets now for the Spring Concert

The Brass Band of Battle Creek will present a Spring concert featuring the music of Philip Sparke on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in WK Kellogg Auditorium.  Philip Sparke composed the piece "Music for Battle Creek" written for the BBBC and performed by the BBBC in Royal Albert Hall.  The piece is now widely used as a test piece in brass band championships all over the world!  

The guest conductor will be William Eddins from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Eddins has been featured as a conductor all over the world!  You can read more about Mr. Sparke and Mr. Eddins in this newsletter!

To reserve your tickets for this Spring's concert please use the mail in order form on the website or call the office at 269-789-2222.  We will be more than happy to assist you!

Reserved tickets are $29 and $39.  General admission tickets are $16.  Student tickets (ages 18 and under) are $7.  College students (with a valid student i.d) may purchase tickets for $15.  Online ticket orders will not be available until March 1st.  We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover.

We look forward to sharing some outstanding music with you this Spring! 

Spring concert to feature the music of Philip Sparke Here is a little more information about Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke was born in London and studied composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music, where he gained an ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music).

It was at the College that his interest in bands arose. He played in the College wind orchestra and also formed a brass band among the students, writing several works for both ensembles.

At that time, his first published works appeared - Concert Prelude (brass band) and Gaudium (wind band). A growing interest in his music led to several commissions, his first major one being for the Centennial Brass Band Championships in New Zealand – The Land of the Long White Cloud.

Further commissions followed from individual bands, various band associations and the BBC, for whom he three times won the EBU New Music for Band Competition (with Slipstream, Skyrider and Orient Express). He has written for brass band championships in New Zealand, Switzerland, Holland, Australia and the UK, including three times for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall, and his test pieces are constantly in use wherever brass bands can be found.

A close association with banding in Japan led to a commission (Celebration) from and eventual recording of his music with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. This opened the door worldwide to his wind band music and led to several commissions, particularly from the United States. In 1996 the US Air Force Band commissioned and recorded Dance Movements, which won the prestigious Sudler Prize in 1997. In September 2000 he was awarded the Iles Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his services to brass bands. In 2005 Music of the Spheres won the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest. In 2011 he received the BUMA International Brass Award and the Special Award for his contribution to brass music.

His conducting and adjudicating activities have taken him to most European countries, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and the USA. In May 2000, he took the major step of becoming a full-time composer by founding his own publishing company, Anglo Music Press. The company is devoted to publishing his brass band, concert band, fanfare band and instrumental publications as well as recordings dedicated to his latest works.

Guest Conductor announced The Guest Conductor for the BBBC's Spring Concert will be William Eddins

William Eddins is the Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras throughout the world. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) from 2001 to 2006. Early in his career his was a Resident Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Atlanta,, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Houston, as well as the Los Angeles and Buffalo Philharmonics.

Internationally, Mr. Eddins has conducted the Berlin Staatskapelle, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale (Italy), and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. He conducted a full production of Porgy and Bess in May and June of 2008 with Opera de Lyon and will conduct a revival of the production during the summer of 2010.

Mr. Eddins is an accomplished pianist and chamber musician. He regularly conducts from the piano in works by Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Ravel. He has released a compact disc recording on his own label that includes Beethoven’s Hammer-Klavier Sonata and William Albright’s The Nightmare Fantasy

Mr. Eddins has performed at the Ravinia Festival with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. He has also conducted the orchestras of the Chautauqua Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

A native of Buffalo, NY, (born in December 1964) Mr. Eddins attended the Eastman School of Music, studying with David Effron and graduating at age eighteen, making him the youngest graduate in the history of the institution. Previous positions include Resident Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. He also studied conducting with Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California and was a founding member of the New World Symphony in Miami, FL.