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Brian Balmages

Fusion is a contemporary work in three movements draws from various types of pop music and dance forms and sets them in a symphonic framework.

“Overture,” the opening movement, is a short fanfare based loosely around Irish dance rhythms and melodies. “Ballad” gets its inspiration from a variety of aspects of pop ballads. “Fusion,” the last movement, is a combination of rock, funk, swing and classical music in a modern setting.

Brian Balmages (b. 1975) is an active American composer, conductor, produc- er, and performer. He received his bachelor's degree in music from James Madison University and his master's from the University of Miami. He has taught at Towson University in Maryland and currently is Director of Instrumental Publications for the FJH Music Company in Fort Lauderdale.

Last updated on July 6, 2013 by Palatine Concert Band