Andrew Carpenter carthage college



“Myths and Legends,” a program of music for St. Patrick’s Day, will be presented by the Carthage Wind Orchestra and Concert Band.

The concert — free and open to the public — is 1 p.m. Sunday (March 17) in the college’s A.F. Siebert Chapel, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

Both groups are directed by James Ripley.

This concert features the commission premiere of “Quicksilver” by Stacy Garrop, performed by the Wind Orchestra with faculty member Andrew Carpenter as alto saxophone soloist.

“Quicksilver” is a setting of several scenes following the mythological figure Mercury, from his birth and youthful mischievous manner to his duties in guiding souls to the underworld following death, Ripley said.

“The saxophone soloist plays a multiple and virtuostic role in this piece as it serves to portray a variety of characteristics of the protagonist as well as taking on the role of Pluto,” he said.

The Wind Orchestra will also be performing “Four Irish Myths,” arranged by Ripley from the experimental piano works of Henry Cowell.

These settings were composed as part of Ripley’s dissertation studies at the Eastman School of Music and were modeled after a work performed by Cowell at Eastman in the 1940s.

Completing the Wind Orchestra’s portion of the program is the 1919 version of Percy Grainger’s “County Derry Air.”

The Concert Band will open its part of the program by performing two movements of Leroy Anderson’s “Irish Suite.” “The Minstrel Boy” and “The Rakes of Mallow” are both settings of Irish songs that were originally part of the 1947 suite written for Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Completing the program is “The Song of Lir” by contemporary Irish composer Fergal Carroll.

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.