By Don White, President of the Lithgow City Band
Australian composer and concert pianist, Ian Munro came to town on Sunday to Lithgow City Band’s rehearsal to hear how they were progressing with his composition “The Lads from Lithgow” which he wrote for the Band’s up and coming production, “1915” to be staged at the Union Theatre Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April.
The performance of “The Lads from Lithgow” will be the world premiere of this moving piece of music which serves as an emotional backdrop for the action on stage.
Ian said of his composition, “The main theme, as you might have gleaned, is the state of mind of the men: a mix of patriotism, fear, hope and ultimately devastation. The musical climax comes at the point where the texture is stretched to breaking, and while the inexorable rhythm keeps drumming onwards, the band plays more and more inharmoniously until the point where some of them are more or less shrieking at the top of their range, or beyond it. That’s the idea, anyway.”
Ian went away satisfied that his composition is in safe hands.
The Band was also treated to a brief duet performance by local musicians Bob Sutor (on didgeridoo) and Oliver Harris (on tuba) who are also an integral part of the “1915” production.
The show will be performed at the Union Theatre on Bridge Street on Friday 17 April at 8.00pm and on Saturday 18 April at 2pm and 8pm. Tickets are Adult, $15, Child/Conc., $10 and Family (2 Adults & 2 Children), $40. Tickets are available from High Street Music, 165A Main Street, Lithgow. Ph: 6352 4290.