March 2016 | Featuring Guest artist flutist Tara Helen O’Connor

Walnut Creek Concert Band
Tales of Fantasy and Adventure
Featuring Guest artist flutist Tara Helen O’Connor
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – 7:30PM
Lesher Center for the Arts – Walnut Creek, CA


Harvey Benstein, Music Director and Conductor

Tickets available from the Lesher Arts Center Box office, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA  94596, 925-943-7469 or online at:

Lord of the Rings Symphony Johan DeMeij
Not to be confused with the film score, the Lord of the Rings Symphony was written between 1984 and 1987 by the Dutch composer Johan de Meij. This symphony is the first composition for symphonic band by de Meij, who studied trombone and band conducting at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Each of its five movements illustrates a person or important episode from the trilogy by Tolkien. In the first movement, Gandalf is represented by a stately theme, contrasted with a wild ride on his horse Shadowfax. The second movement paints a picture of Lothlorien, with its beautiful trees, plants and exotic birds. In the third movement, the soprano saxophone represents the creature Gollum, with his mumbles, hisses, whines and screams as he searches for his cherished ring. In the fourth movement, the music takes us through the tunnels of the Mines of Moira and to Gandalf’s battle with the Balrog, ending with a funereal march as the remaining travelers seek a way out. The final movement opens with a happy folk dance that expresses the carefree and optimistic character of the hobbits, followed by a hymn that symbolizes their determination and nobility. It ends peacefully, reflecting the last chapter of Tolkien’s work, in which Frodo and Gandalf sail away over the horizon.

The Wizard of Oz – Arlen-Harburg/arr. Barnes
Carmen Fantasie Brilliante Francois Borne /arr. Marc Oliver

OConnor-Tara-Helen3-by-Lisa-Marie-MazzuccoTara Helen O’Connor is a charismatic performer sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique and colorful tone in music of every era. A current artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Tara is also a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape, the Naumburg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble, Talea Ensemble and is the flute soloist of the world renowned Bach Aria Group.