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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL
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Monday, July 3, 2017

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

Main Beach Bandshell,
Crystal Lake IL
12:30pm

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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The Engulfed Cathedral

Claude Debussy/arr. Robert Longfield

 

The Engulfed Cathedral recalls an old Breton legend. Ys is a mythical city on the coast of Brittany that is said to have been swallowed by the ocean because of misbehavior by its residents. Once a year, when the sea is transparent and the morning mist has cleared, the majestic cathedral rises from the watery depths. Tolling of bells and chanting of priests can be heard. Then slowly the vision is again engulfed by the waves.

Composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is considered the founder of modern French impressionism. His compositions employed non-traditional scales and tonal structures, seeming at first bewildering in their imaginative, atmospheric quality. His music is noted for its sensory component and how it is not often formed around one key or pitch. His compositions, distinctive and appealing, combine modernism and sensuality so successfully that their sheer beauty often obscures their technical innovation.

Robert Longfield (b.1952) is a composer, arranger, conductor and educator. Best known for his compositions for concert band and string orchestra, he has over 200 published works to his credit. He earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Miami and taught in public schools in Michigan and Florida for over thirty-five years. Retired, he is conductor of the Greater Miami Symphonic Band.

Last updated on November 16, 2015 by Palatine Concert Band