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Saint Patrick's Day / Celtic Concert

AN IRISH TRILOGY

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A medley of My Wild Irish Rose, Irish Lullaby and When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. Although arranged for orchestra alone, it can easily be sung by any "irish tenor."
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:Commissioned by the West Virginia Symphony

REEL KOOL

Arr.: David Culross
Description: Be it a Celtic, Scottish, or American Country theme, this medley of "Reel Saint-Joseph" and "Reel Saint-Antoine" for 2 violins and orchestra will have toes tapping and hands clapping. Add Irish or clog dancers too if you wish... just have fun with this one!
Instrumentation:2-2-2-2/4-3-3-1/timp +3 and strings with 2 solo violins.
Duration:Approximately 3:05
Rental Fee:$180/+$90/+$45 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

The Spring Holidays

THE APRIL FOOL CONCERTO aka "The Instant Concerto"

by Robert Wendel
Description: What can be said other than that this work lasts over 8 minutes, yet it doesn't have a single original theme in it! It's loaded with quotes Tschaikovsky to Sousa, from "Chop-Sticks" to Happy Birthday, and many "sight-gags" from a wedding to a cowboy gun fight! Truly a piece of comic relief. Mod easy solo piano part.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/2/2/1[opt] - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:8:15
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:New version commissioned by Erich Kunzel for the Cincinnati Pops

SAINT BAILEY'S RAG for "Mardi Gras"

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A Dixieland-style march made from When the Saint's Go Marching In, Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey, and 12th Street Rag. A perennial Cincinnati Pops Encore!
Comments: "...[he] threw in everything but the kitchen sink...great fun!" — The Portland Press Herald
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

FIESTA MEXICANA for "Cinco de Mayo"

arranged by Robert Wendel
Newly revised!
Description: The Mexican Hat Dance, La Cucaracha, and the Ritchie Valens', rock-and-roll version of La Bamba in a medley with a Mariachi feel.
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/0 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:4:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

REGALOS for "Cinco de Mayo"

by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Description: This is a wonderful montage of "south-of-the-border" dances and moods. Great for any pops concert, but absolutely perfect for "Cinco de Mayo", or a youth/educational concert showing various musical styles.
Instumentation:2[1 d picc]/2[1 d E Hrn]/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, 3-4 perc - [opt] Harp, and strings.
Duration:4:50
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day &Veteran's Day

THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

by Richard Chiarappa, Jr.
Description: A new inspirational setting of Lincoln's famous speech for narrator and orchestra by conductor/composer Richard Chiarappa, Jr. This work is exceptionally moving and instantly accessible to audiences of all kinds.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, strings, and narrator.
Duration:3:55
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

FANFARE: WELCOME HOME

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original composition dedicated to all who have seen foreign service, both military and civilian. Scored for brass and drums only, the finale can be supplimented with Herald Trumpets if they are available.
Instrumentation:0/0/0/0 - 4/4(or 3)/3/1 - Timp, Sn Dr., Field Dr., Bass Drum. (+ Optional herald trumpets in the finale)
Duration:3:05
Rental Fee:$100/+$50/+$25 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

FANFARE FOR FREEDOM

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original composition by Robert Wendel, rapidly becoming an often-programmed opener for Memorial Day and 4th of July concerts with its blazing trumpets, thundering timpani, and pealing bells with over 250 performances to date.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, opt piano, and strings
Duration:3:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: This work served as the July 4th Concert opener for the Atlanta Symphony 7 years in a row, was conducted by Erich Kunzel numerous times in Cincinnati, Naples, and on tour, and has been frequently performed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day across the country every year.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

COMMEMORATION

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original work by Robert Wendel that is a fanfare of noble feeling for pairs of trumpets placed antiphonally behind the orchestra suitable for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or any other occasion of remembrance.
Instrumentation2+picc/1 + E. Hrn/2/2 - 4/2,3,or 4 Trumpets/3/1 Timpani, 2-3 percussion, optional organ, and strings
Duration:3:45
Comments: "...a penetrating work." — The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Notes: Though composed and premiered in 2000 to remember the unexpected passing of two long-time friends, Commemoration was performed numerous times around the country in the months following the 9-11 attack, most notably on a 7 city tour by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. It was also played at the Kennedy Space center launch pad in a memorial concert for the Challenger Astronauts and was featured on the 2006 National Memorial Day Concert to mark the opening of the WW II memorial, telecast Nationally May 28th & 29th on PBS with Erich Kunzel conducting the National Symphony, again as part of the Lincoln Tribute on the 2009 live telecast, again on the 2011 telecast for Gen. Colin Powell's welcoming home of our troops, and was again featured in the 2017 concert conducted by Jack Everly to honor the Tuskeegee Air Men and veterans of WWII.
This work has been recorded by Sean O'Boyle & The Tasmanian Symphony for ABC Classics. A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

VALOR

by Christopher Tyler Nickel
Description: Valor is particularly suited to Memorial Day, Independence Day, 9/11,and Veterans Day concerts, or any concert with an heroic theme. A dramatic work in the tradition of the best in film music, Valor is written with soaring lines and stirring brass fanfares to inspire pride and patriotism!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2+E Hn/2+B Cl/2+Cbn - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, 2-3 Perc, Harp, and Strings
Duration:4:45
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: World premiere: May 25th, 2014 by the Gulf Coast Symphony, John Strickler, conductor.
Notes: From the conductor: "The orchestra enjoyed the piece, and the audience reaction was immediate and very enthusiastic. Lot's of cheering and whistling."

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM

by Tracey Rush
Description: Commissioned and premiered by the Dubuque Symphony in 1997, this work has had many performances since then. Now Tracey has gone back and made some revisions, especially in the finale, and added an optional 4th trumpet for more excitement than ever. This one will definitely get your audience cheering and waving their flags and we are proud to now be your source for this newly revised classic!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3(4)/3/1 - Timp, 3 perc and strings.
Duration:3:35
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

REFLECTIONS ON RUSHMORE

by Michael Gilbertson
 
Description: A tribute to one of this nation's most cherished monuments in a very accessible and crowd-pleasing style.
Individual Movements:
  1. FANFARE FOR THE FOUNDING FATHER

  2. MONTICELLO

  3. RIDERS IN THE ROUGH

  4. HYMN TO LINCOLN

Instrumentation:2 (2 d picc)/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, and strings
Total Duration:approximately 10 minutes.
Rental Fee:$280/+$140/+$70 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:2016 markes the 75th anniversary of the opening of Mount Rushmore!

TAKE FLIGHT

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original composition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight, it is also dedicated to everyone who dares to dream.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+opt B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:5:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

TOWERS OF LIGHT - An Elegy for Orchestra

by Robert Wendel
Description: This work was inspired by memories and impressions of the annual light tributes held at "Ground Zero" in NYC every year. It depicts the Hudson River at sunset and the Manhattan skyline playing with light. As darkness descends, the light "towers" gradually appear, reaching ever upwards. Dust, clouds, and smoke swirl within the light columns, as if ascending towards the infinite. Finally, gradually, the light towers fade into morning twilight, not to be seen for another year.
Instrumentation:2/2(2d EH)/2/2 - 2(or 4)/0/0/0 - timp, 2 perc, celeste, harp, and strings
Duration:7:00
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..
Notes:This work placed 4th in the 2011 "American Prize for Orchestral Composition."
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A musical journey across the USA including America The Beautiful with San Francisco, Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Meet Me In Saint Louis, The Tennessee Waltz, Chicago (That Toddlin' Town), My Old Kentucky Home, Georgia On My Mind, Carolina In The Morning, and New York, New York with a finale orchestrated to withstand fireworks if you want to end with a "bang!" A favorite of Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+opt B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:9:10
Rental Fee:$360/+$180/+$90 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:This selection usually "sells out" between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so please reserve your copy early!

AMERICAN HYMN

by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Description: Nancy Bloomer Deussen's newest work for orchestra is a stirring tribute to America, beginning almost pensively, but building to a stirring climax. World Premiere by The Diablo Symphony conducted by Joyce Johnson-Hamilton on July 1, 2, and 3, 2005. It carries the inscription: "In appreciation of how fortunate I am to be a citizen of this great nation."
Instrumentation:2+Picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, 3-4 perc - Harp, and strings.
Duration:4:40
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

THE ARMED FORCES MARCH

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A salute to the personnel of our Armed Forces: The Army, Marines, Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force, with a tag from the Star Spangled Banner. Perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th Concerts.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 Percussion, and strings
Duration:3:15
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

THE TALL SHIPS

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original tone picture by Robert Wendel that evokes the spirit of the early maritime explorers, the wind in the sails, sea chanties, and waves crashing on the ship's bow.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, Celeste and strings
Duration:5:55
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: "Robert Wendel's 'The Tall Ships' proved a cinematic extravaganza, the soundtrack for tall ships sailed by old salts." - JEFFREY KACZMARCZYK, The GR Press July 29,2011
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

ASCENT TO VICTORY

by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Description: Commissioned to honor the Special Olympics. The work begins with the dreaming and contemplated possibilities of the Special Olympian and then proceeds to the actual training section and finally, the victory.
Instrumentation:1/1/2/1 - 2/1/0/0 - Timp/perc - and strings.
Duration:8:10
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

A GEORGE M. COHAN OVERTURE

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Give My Regards To Broadway, Mary, Harrigan, Over There, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and You're A Grand Old Flag in a hand-clapping arrangement.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:6:30
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

A GEORGE M. COHAN OVERTURE (Vocal Version)

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Similar to the above, but in different keys for singers. Vocal parts available: Mezzo and/or Baritone soloists, or SATB chorus. Please specify which version when ordering.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 Percussion, and strings
Duration:6:10
Rental Fee:$280/+$140/+$70 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each). 50 chorus books are included. Extra books are available at 50¢ rental each.

AN OLD FASHIONED SUMMER

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A musical "recollection" of summer in simpler times. Includes: School Days, In The Good Old SummerTime, Sidewalks Of New York, Bicycle Built For Two, Take Me Out To The Ball Game and By The Sea in a concert-overture setting.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:00
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

STEPHEN FOSTER OVERTURE

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Oh! Susanna, My Old Kentucky Home, Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair, Swannee River, Beautiful Dreamer, and Camptown Races with nods to Dvorak's Humoresque" and Rossini's "William Tell" along the way and no banjo!
Comments: "...it was not only clever, but fresh and entertaining...a superb arrangement." — The Portland Press Herald
"based on well-known tunes by the man known as the 'father of American music,' was one of the strengths of the program. It was both cohesive and emotive." — The Columbus Dispatch. 6/30/12
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:6:00
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

ONE OF US

A Tribute To Gerald R Ford
By: David Culross
Description: A tribute to Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of The United States, for narrator and orchestra. Now available in plenty of time for the 100th anniversary of his birth on July 14th. 2013 and the commissioning of the new aircraft carrier named for him in 2015, it is both stirring and touching in its telling of the history of the man who became President during a crisis in our history.
Comments: Commissioned and premiered by The Grand Rapids Symphony.
Instrumentation:3 (3rd dbl Picc)/2+EHn/2+BCl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, 3 Perc - Harp, Piano, Strings and Narrator.
Duration:8 minutes
Rental Fee:$250 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

Columbus Day

VIVA PUCCINI!

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A medley of some famous melodies from Madamma Butterfly, Girl of the Golden West, Gianni Schicci, La Boheme, and Turandot.
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:7:00
Rental Fee:$280/+$140/+$70 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..
Notes:Commissioned by the Jacksonville Symphony
Notes:This piece was the hit of our "That's Amore" program. At both concerts, it received a standing ovation! - Karen Peters, Orlando Philharmonic Librarian.

BALLI IL TARANTELLA!

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Everybody dance the tarantella! A blend of the "Neapolitan Tarantella" and "Funiculi, Funicula." Also appropriate for a "June Bride" theme since this music shows up at every wedding reception you'll ever attend!
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2+ B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:35
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:Commissioned and premiered by Michael Krajewski.

Halloween

THE POLTERGEIST POLKA

by Robert Wendel
Description: Poltergeist: noun: "a ghost or other supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances such as loud noises and objects thrown around." Well, this piece certainly fits that definition, with loud noises, whistles, bangs and more. Great fun for any audience and it's the perfect concert opener to set the stage for a Halloween Pops or youth concert!
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2+ B Cl/2+CBsn - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-4 percussion, opt banjo, and strings
Duration:3:00
Rental Fee:$190/+$95/+$47.50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:New for 2012

A HALLOWEEN TRILOGY

by Robert Wendel
 
Description: You may rent all three works below as a package for $280!!!
Component Works:
  • THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

    An original composition based on the famous short story by Edgar Allan Poe: The Inquisition, The Pit, The Pendulum, The Walls Close In, A Blast of Noise and Liberation by the French Army. Great for Halloween, literary or educational concerts.
    Instrumentation: 2/2/2/2 - 4/2/3/1 - Timpani, Xylophone, Glock, Tam-Tam, Susp Cymbal, Guerro, Tenor Drum, Piatti and Bass Drum, and Strings.
    Duration: 5:20
    Rental Fee: $175/+$87.50/+$43.75 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

  • TRICK OR TREAT

    This work harks back to a simpler time when children went from house to house yelling "trick-or-treat, trick-or-treat, give us something good to eat!" Along the way, they pick up friends, spend a little time in the local "haunted house" and then resume their trip. Finally, someone scares them but good, and they all scatter to their respective homes to enjoy the fruits of their Halloween night.
    Instrumentation: 2/2/2/2 - 0/0/0/0 - Xylophone, Snare Drum, Susp Cymbal, and Strings.


    Alternate Instrumentation for pairing with "Peter & The Wolf": 1/1/1/1 - 3/1/0/0 - Xylophone, Snare Drum, Susp Cymbal, and Strings. Specify "Peter Orch" when ordering!
    Duration: 3:40
    Rental Fee: $125/+$62.50/+$31.25 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

  • RIDE OF THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN

    An original composition based on the Legend Of Sleepy Hollow. Creepy sounds of the foggy forrest, the clock strikes midnight, the horse rears up, and the chase is on until the Headless Horseman traps Ichabod Crane on the covered bridge and "the deed is done!"
    Instrumentation: 2+picc/1+E Hn/2+B Cl./2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap set, Mark Tree, Xylophone, Glock, Chimes, Tam-Tam, Triangle, Piatti and Bass Drum, Harp, and Strings.
    Duration: 5:25
    Rental Fee: $200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

Duration:15 minutes total performance time.
Rental Fee:$300 Combined Rental
Notes:A truly international hit with performances in the USA, Australia, Canada, UK, and Scotland.
Notes:Bob Wendel's electrifying tone poem "The Ride of the Headless Horseman" is back by popular demand. (Steve Larsen, Music Director, Rockford Symphony)
Notes:A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Medley)

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description A midnight showing cult-classic film for nearly 40 years, revived on Broadway in 2000, featured in the TV show "Glee" in 2010, and touring nearly constantly around the world, and available for symphony orchestra at last! Reach out to your younger audiences with this Rock-oriented show score. Songs include: Science Fiction Double Feature, Damn It Janet, Over At The Frankenstein Place, Hot Patootie Bless My Soul, and of course, LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap set, Mark Tree, Xylophone, Glock, Chimes, Tam-Tam and Bass Drum, opt Piano, and Strings
Duration:5:45
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:A student orchestra string set with Vln 1, Vln, 2, Violin 3/Viola, Cello and Bass parts available on request. A truly international hit with performances in the USA, Australia, Canada, UK, and Scotland.

THE WOLF WAS FRAMED!

by Robert Wendel
New!
Description: The "adult version" of a musical tale you grew up with, this one is probably not for the youngest children. Add a local "celebrity" narrator, and you have a fun work for your orchestra and audience perfect for a pops concert, April Fool's Day, Halloween or "First Night" concert. The music and narration are all new and original, and the orchestration exactly matches Prokofiev's orchestration.
Instrumentation:1/1/1/1 - 3/1/1/0 - timp, perc and Strings.
Duration:About 9:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:Premiered by the Cherokee Symphony, 10/30/11

Thanksgiving

HYMN OF THANKSGIVING "We Gather Together"

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A new setting of this nearly 400 year old hymn for orchestra as small as you need or as large as you want.
Instrumentation:2+picc/1+E Hrn/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, celeste, opt organ, and strings. It can be performed as an instrumental selection, or soloists and/or chorus can be added as well.
Duration:3:15
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Vocal parts can be furnished on rental for 10¢ each.
Notes:This work was featured by Erich Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops as the finale of their 1999 Thanksgiving Television special.

Chanukah

THIS IS CHANUKAH

by Robert Wendel
Description: This new Chanukah song celebrates the lighting of the Menorah each night for 8 nights to remember the miracle of the Macabees. It begins softly with only one candle giving its light, but it gradually builds in volume and intensity as each new candle is lit, making the light grow stronger and stronger. Its flexible scoring allows for smaller ensembles, and its vocal compliment can accommodate a child or adult soloist, or a children's choir along with an SATB chorus, depending on your resources.
Instrumentation:2/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp + 2 Perc, Harp, Celesta, and Strings, plus Soloist (or Childrens' Choir) and SATB chorus.
Duration:4:05
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each). Includes 50 chorus books. (Extra books available at $0.25 each.)
Notes:Minimum sounding instrumentation is: 2/2/2/1 - 2 (or 3)/2/0/0 - Glock, Harp or Piano, and Strings plus Soloist and SATB chorus.
Notes:Premiered by The Philly Pops, David Charles Abell conducting, and The University Of Wyoming Symphony and chorus, Dr. Michael T. Griffith conducting. Called "engaging" by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Notes:Named as a finalist for "The American Prize" 2014 for choral composition.
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A KLEZMER NUTCRACKER

by Steve Cohen
Description: A total rethinking of Tschaikovsky's holiday masterpiece with Chanukah in mind, its 3 movements are designed to delight and amuse both Jews and Gentiles.
Instumentation:3(3rd dbl picc)/2+E Hn/2+B Cl)/2 - 4/3/3/1 - timp, 2 perc, trap set, banjo, Fender Bass, Piano, Harp, and strings. (E Hn and B Cl are cross cued and optional. Banjo, Fender Bass, and piano are optional)
Duration:5:45
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:This work was commissioned by The New York Pops and premiered 12/16/2011, conducted by Steven Reineke.
Notes:"When I heard Cohen's arrangement, I had the same feeling of "right!" The miniatures included Klezmerized versions of "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy," "Arabian Dance," and "Trepak," and held the audience rapt from the opening notes." -Sherri Rase, "Q onStage" review.
Notes:"by far the most engaging work of the entire program, twisted three movements of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" into a nod to the Jewish musical traditions in a sort of "Fiddler on the Roof" meets Santa Claus - minor key slipping in where the major key would naturally fit." -Sherli Leonard, "The Press Enterprise" review.

A KLEZMER NUTCRACKER - CHAMBER VERSION

by Steve Cohen
Description: By popular request, Steve has created a reduced orchestra version of this very popular holiday work that retains all the fun and colors of the original for smaller ensembles.
Instumentation:2(2nd dbl picc)/1/2/1 - 2/2/1/0 - timp, trap set, Piano AD LIB, Harp AD LIB, and strings.
Duration:5:45
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

A CHANUKAH OVERTURE

by Dana Friedman and Robert Wendel
Description: An overture based on Maoz T'zur, Rock Of My Security (Rock of Ages), Al HaNisim, S'vivon, and I Have A Little Dradle (of course!)
Comments: "...utterly charming, spreading beauty along with an ecumenical spirit." — The Kansas City Gazette
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:5:30
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:This work has been recorded by Nicholas Palmer and the Owensboro Symphony.

ONE EARTH, ONE SKY

by Kim Oler and Alison Hubbard
Description: This new holiday hymn is equally at home as a Christmas or Chanukah work and can easily bridge the two in concert as it sings of one earth, one sky, and one God that unites us all in peace and brotherhood on this planet. The phrase: "Shanti, Salaam, Shalom" ("peace" in Sanskrit, Arabic, and Hebrew) is repeated in every refrain. This is a work of true beauty and utter simplicity.
Instrumentation:2/1+E Hn/2/1 - 1/0/0/0 - Chimes, Triangle, and Strings.
Duration:3:00
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each). Includes 50 chorus books.

FANTASIA ON "YEROUSHALAIM SHEL ZAHAV"

by Robert Wendel
Description: A musical fantasia on the Israeli folk song "Jerusalem Of Gold" (used in the film "Schindler's List"). Appropriate any time, including Chanukah.
Instumentation:1/1+EH/1/1 -0/0/0/0, 1 prc, harp, and strings
Duration:5:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

New Year's Eve / "First Night"

THAT'S IT, THAT'S ALL... THE END!

by Robert Wendel
Description: For your "First Night" concerts, the perfect way to end the year, a medley of 7 famous Symphony finales! Auld Lang Syne is mixed with Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak, Mahler, and Beethoven. A nice way also to say goodbye to a retiring board member, or musician.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:5:40
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

THE WOLF WAS FRAMED!

by Robert Wendel
New!
Description: The "adult version" of a musical tale you grew up with, this one is definitely NOT for the youngest children. Add a local "celebrity" narrator, and you have a fun work for your orchestra and audience perfect for a pops concert, April Fool's Day, Halloween or "First Night" concert. The music and narration are all new and original, and the orchestration exactly matches Prokofiev's orchestration.
Instrumentation:1/1/1/1 - 3/1/1/0 - timp, perc and Strings.
Duration:About 9:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:Premiered by the Cherokee Symphony, 10/30/11
Notes:"...wanted to tell you that it was a terrific hit with both the players and the audience last Sunday. We played to a standing room only house that laughed all the way through. Thanks for writing this."
Lee Thorson, The Cherokee Symphony

ROMP FOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND "CELEBRITY" TRIANGULIST

by Richard Chiarappa
New!
Description: A comic "mini-concerto" for triangle and orchestra that can be a great way to raise funds by auctioning off the solo spot, or just to draw attention and audience to a concert by featuring a local "celebrity" like your Mayor, TV Weather Reporter, or Business or Civic figure. In any case, it's all in good fun, and perfect for the spirit of New Year's Eve!
Instrumentation:2/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - timp, perc and Strings.
Duration:About 2:30
Rental Fee:$120/+$60/+$30 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes:A video performance can be viewed HERE

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