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Folly Quarter Middle School to Premiere New Work for Band

At 7:00 in the evening on Monday, May 2, the Folly Quarter Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Andrew Spang, will give the first performance of a new work for band in the River Hill High School Auditorium. This will be the first time that anyone has ever heard this new piece of music. The piece, Speedway, by award-winning composer Mark Lortz, is the result of Folly Quarter's Play It Forward commissioned works program. Commissioning is the process where a person or an ensemble hires and pays a composer to create a new piece of music for them. The Play It Forward program is funded, in part, by a Bright Minds Teacher Grant and generous support from the Friends of Folly Quarter Musicians.

"I've always been fascinated with speed, and I thought it would be a really cool idea to mimic the excitement and energy of a car race," answered composer Lortz when asked by Bronwyn, an eighth grade student, what inspired the new piece. Andrew Spang, the Director of Bands, says "It is our hope that this piece goes on to be published, like previous commissioned works by Folly Quarter, including our very first commissioned work, The Heart of Madness, also written by Mark Lortz." Published by FJH Music, The Heart of Madness was selected by Bandworld magazine as one of "the top 100 new works for band." "It's really great to see and hear other bands across the country learning, playing and performing the music we had a hand in bringing into existence," says Mr. Spang.

Monday's concert is free and open to the public. We hope that you can be there.

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Who? Folly Quarter Band students world premiere Speedway, a new work for band by composer Mark Lortz
What? Folly Quarter Middle School Spring Band Concert
When? Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7 PM
Where? River Hill High School Auditorium
12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029
Admission? Free and Open to the Public

For additional information, please contact

Andrew Spang, Director of Bands
Folly Quarter Middle School
e: andrew_spang@hcpss.org
w: 410-313-1506
m: 410-596-2280

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