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Music Concerts 2016-2017
- Ohlone College Music Department

The Ohlone College Music Department and Ohlone College Bands (through Ohlone's Community Education program) are proud of its performing bands and ensembles. Purchase tickets in advance through the Smith Center Box Office in order to avoid lines, or purchase them at the door the day of the concert.

(Updated April 28, 2017. Events may be added or changed throughout the season; all information and ticket prices subject to change without notice.)

October 2016

Mysteries of Life
- Ohlone Wind Orchestra

Beginning with the opening fanfare of “Fate,” Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony Finale, the Wind Orchestra’s fall concert explores the mysteries of life. The program also features Mark Camphouse’s Elegy, a moving tribute to the composer’s father, and Lauridsen’s contemporary setting of the sacred O Magnum Mysterium. Lighter works include a medley of Italian movie themes and pieces from Leroy Anderson and Igor Stravinsky. Directed by Tony Clements.

November 2016

Suite Celebration
- Ohlone Community Band

The Ohlone Community Band presents a selection of famous suites composed for wind band, from Holst’s classic First Suite in Eb (1909), Gordon Jacobs' tribute to the Elizabethan period William Byrd Suite (1924), Persichetti’s dance piece Divertimento (1950), and Michael Mikulka’s contemporary First Suite for Wind Band (2016). Along with military band pieces and concert medleys to round out the performance. How Suite It Is! Directed by Tony Clements.

Fall Formal
- Mission Peak Brass Band

We kick off the brass band season with a concert of flourishes and formality, including a beautiful transcription of the moving Finale from Mahler’s Symphony #2, Dave Adams’ transcription of Saint Saens’ Finale from Hail! California, and Karl King’s march Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite. The concert also includes Eric Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby (featuring flugelhorn soloist Cliff Mercer) and Irving Berlin’s Top Hat, White Tie and Tails. Directed by Tony Clements.

December 2016

Music on the Hill
- Ohlone College Vocal & Instrumental Ensembles

Come hear the Ohlone Singers (our own College Chorus) directed by Sandra Peter, the Vocal Ensembles directed by Janet Holmes, and the Instrumental Ensembles (an eclectic mix and blend of Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion) directed by Tim Roberts, in this performance of Live Music presented by the Music Students of Ohlone College. You will hear music from Classical to Modern, with a mix of Broadway and a hint of the Holidays thrown in for good measure.

9th Annual Holiday Extravaganza
- Ohlone College Band Program: Ohlone Tuba Ensemble, Mission Peak Brass Band, Ohlone Community Band, Ohlone Wind Orchestra

We kick off the Holiday Season with each of the four Ohlone College Bands performing a wide variety of Traditional and Modern Holiday Favorites. Starting off with a Holiday Fanfare performed by close to 100 Brass Players from all four ensembles, and featuring our 2nd Annual Baton Auction (with the winner conducting the Ohlone Wind Orchestra playing Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride), this is the highlight of our year of music presented by the Band Program.

Jazz & Rock
- Ohlone College Jazz/Rock Ensembles

This long-running “Friday Before Finals” Live Music happening promises to be better than ever. Featuring the Music Students of Ohlone College—the Jazz/Rock Ensembles—directed by Tim Roberts, we promise to once again amaze and excite with an edgy mix of Jazz, Rock & Pop.

Applied Music Showcase
- Ohlone College Applied Music Students

Come join us for a Free Evening of Live Music featuring the Music Students of Ohlone College. Instructed by Janet Holmes, Tim Roberts and Sandy Chen, our musicians will present music spanning over 400 years. Included will be Pianists, Singers, String Players and Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Players. So much talent and so little time…

  • Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 7:00pm
  • Recital Hall (Room 3101), Smith Center at Ohlone College
  • Free concert
  • Event Parking: $4

March 2017

Ohlone Community Band
- Dances, Songs, and Stories

The Ohlone Community Band presents an eclectic program, including Holsinger’s Havendance, Knox’s Sea Songs, and Wittrock’s Lord Tullamore, a collection of Irish tunes. Also Reineke’s Fate of the Gods, based on Nordic myth, Grainger’s The Immovable Do, and more. It’s a variety of music to lighten the winter blues.

Ohlone Wind Orchestra
- American Nostalgia

This concert will take you back to simpler times with Robert Russell Bennett’s Suite of Old American Dances, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, and John Williams’ marvelous Harry Potter Symphonic Suite. The trip down memory lane continues with Noah Luna’s The Wireless, Pastime: A Salute to Baseball by Jack Stamp, and the gorgeous music of Brian Balmages and Joseph Curiale.

Mission Peak Brass Band
- Fanfares, Films, and Fun

Original brass band music includes Sparke’s Fanfare, Romance and Finale, Lovatt-Cooper’s spectacular Fire in the Blood and British marches O.R.B. and Arnhem. Film themes feature Morricone’s Once Upon A Time in the West, with soloist Doug Harris on soprano cornet. The band will also perform Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry and Sparke’s splashy arrangement of ‘60s anthem MacArthur Park.

May 2017

Mission Peak Brass Band
- Brass Bouquet

The Mission Peak Brass Band presents an evening of brass music variety, with an emphasis on musical fun. Selections include Hogwarts March, Malcolm Arnold's humorous Padstow Lifeboat, Ralph Vaughan Williams' light and colorful Overture to Henry V, Percy Code's Zelda (featuring Principal Ken Walter on cornet), Miklos Rosza's El Cid, Dave Adams’ lovely arrangement of Strauss' Die Fledermaus Overture, and more.  

Jazz & Rock
- Ohlone College Jazz/Rock Ensembles

"This long-running “Friday Before Finals” Live Music Happening promises to be better than ever. Featuring the Music Students of Ohlone College - the Jazz/Rock Ensemble, teamed with the Ohlone College Instrumental Ensembles - all directed by Tim Roberts, promise to once again amaze and excite with an edgy mix of Jazz, Rock, Pop and a Classical Twist thrown in for good measure."

Ohlone Community Band and Ohlone Tuba Ensemble
- Pops in the Park

The Ohlone Community Band and the Ohlone Tuba Ensemble present pop tunes in an old-fashioned park concert. Highlights include pieces by John Williams and Cole Porter, plus classic marches and international tunes – sure to be festive for the whole family. The Ohlone Tuba Ensemble will open the concert with an eclectic program of popular songs, folk tunes, and more.

Free! Donations gratefully accepted. Bring your own chair or blanket – and the whole family.

Ohlone Wind Orchestra
- Imagination and Inspiration

The final performance of the Ohlone Wind Orchestra season includes some of the most inspiring and timeless works written for wind band. The concert features James Barnes’ entertaining Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Nicholo Paganini and Vittorio Giannini’s masterpiece Symphony No. 3. The concert will also include pieces by Morton Gould, John Zdechlik, and Anthony O’Toole.

Event Parking Permit: $4 (required at all times on the Ohlone College Fremont campus).