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Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL
8:00pm

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Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park,
Wilmette IL
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Lagoon at Dawes Park,
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Main Beach Bandshell,
Crystal Lake IL
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cutting Hall,
Palatine IL
3:30pm

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cutting Hall,
Palatine IL
7:00pm

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Altergott Auditorium at Palatine High School,
Palatine IL
3:30pm

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Cutting Hall,
Palatine IL
3:30pm

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Bayou Breakdown

Brant Karrick

 

Bayou Breakdown was composed in 2003 and dedicated to the director of bands at Louisiana State University. The initial idea was to compose a fugue for concert band blending elements of American bluegrass with a sort of Bach meets Grainger sound. Breakdown refers to a lively, sometimes noisy, and highly energetic American country dance.

This fun and whimsical new work starts with a four-part fugue scored for woodwinds. A brief transition gives way to a second statement of the fugue with brass colors. Another transition introduces a folk song-like lyrical theme. A brief transition takes the piece to the most dissonant music evoking a poorly played waltz. The first tune tries to reappear but gets swept away in descending chromatic chords. After a complete stop the initial fugue returns with various solos. The piece ends with large flurry of polyphony from the full band.

Brant Karrick (b.1960) is Director of Bands at Northern Kentucky University. He received music degrees from the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University, and earned his doctorate in music at Louisiana State University. He is also a freelance composer and musician.

Last updated on March 25, 2016 by Palatine Concert Band