After a successful summer tour to Spain, the Tacoma Concert Band is beginning its new season Saturday night with “Fantasia.” The high-energy program pulls from Spanish composers and from the title genre: Bach’s “Fantasia” in g minor and music from the Walt Disney classic movie “Fantasia,” as well as Levy’s “Grand Russian Fantasia.” Teenage trumpet virtuoso Natalie Dungey will be the soloist.
“I’m really excited,” says Dungey, debuting as soloist with the band. The 16-year-old trumpeter from Issaquah made waves in the trumpet world when her astonishing performance at the National Trumpet Competition when she was 10 went viral on YouTube. Now she’s a high-schooler, landing solo engagements around the country and internationally, making it onto NPR’s “From the Top” and playing alongside her father in the trumpet section of the Northwest Symphony in Burien while sandwiching a couple of hours of practice in between school, homework and hanging out with friends.
Saturday she’ll be playing two theme-and-variation pieces: “Napoli” by Hermann Bellstedt, which expands on the famous 6/8 Italian tune; and “Grand Russian Fantasia” by Jules Levy, which begins lyrically before getting more “exciting and bouncy,” says Dungey.
The rest of the program echoes the Tacoma Concert Band’s July tour to Spain, where it competed in the International Wind Band Contest in Valencia. It was the band’s third European tour — the first two were France in 2007 and Austria-Hungary-Czech Republic in 2011 — and included Madrid and Barcelona.
“Andromeda,” by Saul Gomez Soler, was the band’s Valencia competition piece, and is one of the highlights of Saturday’s program. Inspired by the Greek myth of the princess Andromeda and the hero Perseus who rescued her from a rock in the ocean, the piece is in fantasia form with high emotion and technical difficulty. Other Spanish works on the program are paso dobles by Sadel, Tucci and Padilla, the suite from “Superman” by John Williams, excerpts from Disney’s “Fantasia” and an arrangement of Bach’s Fantasia in g minor for organ.