The Oklahoma City Symphonic Band will perform a new work at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, 7777 S May Ave.
The concert will feature “Beneath a Cinnamon Moon” by Edward Knight. It is the premiere of the work for the band, dedicated to director Mark Belcik and the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band.
Admission to the concert is free.
“We are excited to play in this brand-new theater, having this premiere work played by the band and being able to introduce the composer of this piece,” public relations chairman Phyllis Smith said.
“We've been practicing some very difficult pieces and hope to interest the audience in many more concerts because of Dr. Belcik's dedication to the band.”
Knight, who is composition director at Oklahoma City University, talked about the piece.
“‘Beneath the Cinnamon Moon' just seemed poetic, I guess. It is sort of symbolic of sunsets in Oklahoma.” Knight said of the title.
“It begins with what sounds like a Native American sort of chant, song, and it was inspired by Wichita and Pawnee,” Knight said. “It uses hoedown, jazz elements — there's all sorts of inspiration from different parts of Oklahoma's culture.”
Knight said the piece originally was written as a clarinet, viola and piano trio, and he is excited to see the transformed piece played by the band.
The band's 100 or so members, ages 18 to 80, perform purely out of their passion for music, Smith said.
“We are not paid, but we do accept donations,” she said.
Young musicians can compete, perform
The band will host a young artist competition concert April 15.
It is open to any woodwind, brass or percussion player in the 11th or 12th grades and enrolled in a high school or homeschool music program.
For more information, go to www.okcband.org.