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World Premiere Event, September 10, 2011

Anita Brown
2011-10-25
Anita Brown

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A N I T A B R O W N J A Z Z O R C H E S T R A Presents A Program Honoring America’s Collective Grief and Resilience Relating to Our National Tragedy on September 11, 2001 September 10, 2011 ~ A World Premiere ~ Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra Composed, Arranged & Conducted by Anita Brown An original symphony for jazz orchestra in five movements I. The Homeland Solos: Dave Pietro, alto sax; Ed Xiques, baritone sax; Kenny Wessel, Guitar; Jim Ridl, piano; Mike Christianson, trombone; Ralph Lalama, tenor sax; Tatum Greenblatt, trumpet A blues, this cyclical, American form, treated in the definitively American swing tradition, allows some of our nation’s most accomplished jazz artists to speak freely through their unique voices. Pre-dating 9/11/01, we are reminded of the security we enjoyed as a nation on 9/10/01. The melody for this blues was derived from manipulation of the melody in Movement V.
Anita Brown
2011-10-25
Anita Brown

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A N I T A B R O W N J A Z Z O R C H E S T R A Presents A Program Honoring America’s Collective Grief and Resilience Relating to Our National Tragedy on September 11, 2001 September 10, 2011 ~ A World Premiere ~ Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra Composed, Arranged & Conducted by Anita Brown An original symphony for jazz orchestra in five movements II. Tuesday Morning Solos: Matt Hong, alto sax; Tatum Greenblatt, trumpet; Dave Pietro, soprano sax As the human heart beats in groupings of three, so begins Tuesday Morning in ¾ time. A lilting melody first representing the heartbeat of the individual at first light on a beautiful, late summer morning, it grows into the heartbeat of the city. Following improvised solos the harmony begins to shift. Unsuspecting, we feel an undercurrent of threat evocative of airplane engines in the trombones. The two impacts upon The Twin Towers are depicted in the rhythm section. Chaos ensues. In the wake of this horror, a momentary, emotional paralysis followed by the solo soprano saxophone of Dave Pietro playing Amazing Grace over twenty-one occurrences of dark, biting harmonic underpinnings, tolling the magnitude of the day’s loss of life.
Anita Brown
2011-10-25
Anita Brown

Story

A N I T A B R O W N J A Z Z O R C H E S T R A Presents A Program Honoring America’s Collective Grief and Resilience Relating to Our National Tragedy on September 11, 2001 September 10, 2011 ~ A World Premiere ~ Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra Composed, Arranged & Conducted by Anita Brown An original symphony for jazz orchestra in five movements III. Benumbed Solos: Jim Ridl, piano; Kenny Wessel, guitar; Mark Patterson, trombone; Theresa MacDonnell, French horn Benumbed opens with improvisations painting an expression of pain. Taking liberties by elongating and breaking up its phrases, it sets the melody of a Victorian-Era hymn against a harmonic backdrop wavering between grief, confusion and glimmers of fond reflection, expressing a broad spectrum of human emotions we were forced to assimilate. Familiar to many as the US Navy Hymn honoring the fallen, Eternal Father Strong To Save serves to depict a combination of honor and personal grief.
Anita Brown
2011-10-25
Anita Brown

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A N I T A B R O W N J A Z Z O R C H E S T R A Presents A Program Honoring America’s Collective Grief and Resilience Relating to Our National Tragedy on September 11, 2001 September 10, 2011 ~ A World Premiere ~ Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra Composed, Arranged & Conducted by Anita Brown An original symphony for jazz orchestra in five movements IV. Valor The United States Marine Corps 6th Communications Battalion, Firing Detail Solo Trumpet: Tony Kadleck The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon Captain Brian J. Wilson, Commander Corporal Michael Hintz, Drill Master Valor begins with a firing detail of seven Marines firing three volleys (shots) followed by two versions of Taps flanking the performance of The Silent Drill Platoon. Taps is first performed as a stark trumpet solo by Tony Kadleck, as per traditional military funeral honors. An orchestration of the familiar bugle call follows The Silent Drill Platoon’s performance. In its reprise, lush harmonies transfigure grief to strength as it now functions as a lullaby sounding the end of a day’s work; putting our loved ones and our grief to rest, making it possible to forge ahead, smile again and to Stand strong. The inclusion of The Silent Drill Platoon as the centerpiece of this movement is visual testament of the courage, commitment, honor and discipline of our nation’s first responders, The United States Marines, while simultaneously representing all our military and in this production, all first responders throughout our nation. The silence during their performance provides the audience a moment of personal reflection. During this dramatic absence of music, conceived as an integral part of the symphony, the omnipresent energy of all first responders who Stand at the ready manifests. As The Silent Drill Platoon steps off, we abruptly become aware of only the subtle percussive sounds of The Marines’ M1 Garand rifles and white leather gloves, while observing the strength and fortitude of our great nation, represented in their precision drill. *The drill is not included in these audio files but will be posted in the videos.
Anita Brown
2011-10-25
Anita Brown

Story

A N I T A B R O W N J A Z Z O R C H E S T R A Presents A Program Honoring America’s Collective Grief and Resilience Relating to Our National Tragedy on September 11, 2001 September 10, 2011 ~ A World Premiere ~ Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra Composed, Arranged & Conducted by Anita Brown An original symphony for jazz orchestra in five movements V.Stand Solos: Tim Armacost, tenor; Dave Pietro, alto Vocalists: Holly Durniak, Lee Finkelstein, Nina Hennessey, Nicole Pasternak, Louise Rogers, Haley Swindal, Marine GySgt. James Wallace, Friends & You, The Audience, Crafted in this segue to seemingly grow out of Taps, the melody for this finale is stated several times in the orchestration before inviting you, the audience, to sing in unison, six times with the vocalists. In unison there is strength; out of many, one; E Pluribus Unum. This melody, composed on September 17, 2001 was created without inner dialogue, complete with lyrics and title. The inspiration to incorporate The Silent Drill Platoon into the fabric of this work is a result of connections I sensed between the needs of this melody and the profound strength their performances offered me. Were it not for my discovering their videos online, this piece would not have taken on a structure akin to a symphony. This melody was composed during the remarkable window of time immediately following September 11, 2001, when New Yorkers and all Americans joined together as one people. My intention in composing this piece is to invite and inspire you, the audience, to reflect, heal and Stand together, united as one; to view each others’ perspectives as valid and to honor the diversity that makes us who we are. Note from Anita: [Being that this is a *live* recording at an outdoor venue, and that the sound/recording engineers had no rehearsal, this mix is amazing. Outdoor venues offer no natural reverb, among a plethora of other challenges. The only spot where I would like to change the balance is at 8:08 in this track's time code, where my intention was for the lead trumpet to be IN YOUR FACE loud. If you listen at that point, you will hear a familiar, iconic phrase, and perhaps understand why. With a little effort you can hear it in your imagination as I do from the podium. ~AB]

Lyrics

We will Stand, We will Stand tall. We will Stand and never fall. We will Stand, We will Stand strong. We will Stand united one and all.
Haley Swindal
2011-10-25

Story

A N I T A B R O W N J A Z Z O R C H E S T R A Presents A Program Honoring America’s Collective Grief and Resilience Relating to Our National Tragedy on September 11, 2001 The Star Spangled Banner John Stuart Skinner & Francis Scott Key Ms. Haley Swindal, Vocalist Ms. Haley Swindal sings our National Anthem in front of a Marine Color Guard from the 6th Communications Battalion, Brooklyn, NY, to open the production for the World Premiere of "Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra."
Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra
2011-10-25
Anita Brown

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A N I T A B R O W N J A Z Z O R C H E S T R A Presents A Program Honoring America’s Collective Grief and Resilience Relating to Our National Tragedy on September 11, 2001 Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra Anita Brown, Conductor "Elegia" Composed & Arranged by Anita Brown Solos: Theresa MacDonnell, French horn
Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra
2011-10-25
Anita Brown

Story

A N I T A B R O W N J A Z Z O R C H E S T R A Presents A Program Honoring America’s Collective Grief and Resilience Relating to Our National Tragedy on September 11, 2001 Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra Anita Brown, Conductor "Remembrance" Composed & Arranged by Anita Brown Solos: Theresa MacDonnell, French horn; Dave Pietro, alto sax feature