The Palatine Concert Band is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Frederick (Rick) Lowe as the director of the Palatine Concert Band for the upcoming 2013-2014 concert season.
Dr. Lowe is currently the director of ensembles at Loyola University Chicago, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, the basketball pep band, and also teaches a course introducing the art of music listening.
Dr. Lowe earned his bachelor of music degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He then served as the assistant band director at Lake Zurich (IL) High School, where he directed the concert, symphonic and marching bands, and taught music theory and electronic music composition. Upon leaving Lake Zurich, he earned his master and doctor of music degrees in conducting at Northwestern University, studying with Dr. Mallory Thompson. While at Northwestern, Dr. Lowe guest conducted the Contemporary Music Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He also assisted with the "Wildcat" Marching Band and the men's basketball pep band.
Carin Zachar, Palatine Concert Band president, stated, "When our conductor of 13 years retired last March, our search began for an energetic and enthusiastic director who could relate to adults, keep it fun and take the band to the next level musically. Rick Lowe, with his top notch credentials, more than fits the bill! Members of the Palatine Concert Band are excited to welcome Rick as their new band director."
Upon learning of his selection, Dr. Lowe stated, "I am thrilled to have been named the next conductor of the Palatine Concert Band. In my brief time rehearsing and conducting the group, not only have I learned how well the ensemble plays, I have experienced first-hand the genuine care and love its members feel for each other and the ensemble as a whole. The Village of Palatine is lucky to have an ensemble with as storied a history as the PCB, and I look forward to great music-making in the future."
Under the direction of Dr. Lowe, the Palatine Concert Band will perform the following program during his debut performance on November 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood Street in Palatine.
Huldigungsmarsch -- Richard Wagner/ed. William A. Schaefer
Molly on the Shore -- Percy Aldridge Grainger
Nocturne -- Alexander Scriabin/arr. Alfred Reed
New England Triptych -- William Schuman
I. Be Glad Then, America
II. When Jesus Wept
III. Chester - Overture
Shortcut Home -- Dana Wilson
Elegy for a Young American -- Ronald LoPresti
Polka and Fugue from "Schwanda, the Bagpiper" -- Jaromir Weinberger/arr. Glenn Cliffe Bainum
Other concerts for the Palatine Concert Band for the coming season include:
• Friday December 13, 2013 7:00 pm
• Sunday March 16, 2014 3:30 pm
• Sunday May 4, 2014 3:30 pm
All concerts are held at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood Street, Palatine. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 students and seniors (55+). Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.cuttinghall.org, by phone at 847-202‐5222, or in person at the Cutting Hall Box Office. The box office is open from 2:0pm to 6:00pm Wednesday through Saturday, and one hour prior to showtimes.
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