“An American Elegy”
by Frank Ticheli
at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 28, 2007. The work was commissioned by the Columbine Commissioning Fund, a special project sponsored by the Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Colorado on behalf of the Columbine High School Band. Contributors to the Fund included members, chapters, alumni, and friends of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Fraternity and Sorority.
The premiere performance by the Columbine High School Band, William Biskup, Director, Frank Ticheli, guest conductor, was on April 23, 2000. Its premiere served as the centerpiece of a special commemorative concert given by the Columbine High School Band in conjunction with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony, held at Macky Hall in Boulder, Colorado.
I offer our performance of it here in solidarity not only with the Columbine, VTech and Cleveland School (Stockton, California) families, but as an expression of sympathy and support to all families who have been victims of senseless violence.
Today at Colloquium there will be no words and no comments.
Just respect, reflection and empathy expressed through the universal language of music.