Salem Symphonic Winds will return to the Elsinore Theatre at 3 pm on Sunday, January 23, for their first live season performance since theatres were shut down due to the COVID-19 virus. The musicians are fully vaccinated and have prepared a dramatic program to entice community members back into the theatre. Out of concern for public safety, everyone attending the concert will be required to show ID and proof of vaccination or a verified negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the performance.
The featured work is Concertango by Spanish composer Luis Serrano Alarcón, highlighting solo alto saxophone with a rhythm section. Our guests are Randy Kem, saxophone: Jof Lee, piano: Tim Gilson, bass: Mike Snyder, drums. The work is a wonderful fusion of flamenco, tango and jazz. The concert will also feature Scent, a US premiere of a new concerto for soprano clarinet by Saül Gómez Soler. Kevin Vaughn is our Eb clarinet soloist. Scent explores and musically depicts aromas that influence our lives including fresh herbs, smoke in the city, a flower garden, and bitter coffee. Larry Harrington is writing a new arrangement of Babalú, featuring Kurleen LaPlanche as the guest vocalist. Joaquin Rodrigo’s Per la Flor del Lliri Blau illustrates a tragic folk tale from Valencia in dramatic and beautiful melodies. Danzon No.2 by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez brings the concert to a rousing close.