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Alfred Reed

Leora Zeitlin

What began as a simple conversation thirty years ago outside the NMSU Music Building has today become one of Las Cruces’ most beloved and enduring musical institutions, the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. Founded by band conductors and teachers Dr. Bill Clark and John Schutz, along with White’s Music Box owner Mike White, MVCB has grown from 30 players to more than 100 auditioned musicians who together have played for tens of thousands of people over the course of three decades.

Leora Zeitlin

American composer Alfred Reed’s band suite “Othello” is so challenging, evocative and “absolutely delightful” that it becomes “the centerpiece of the concert whether you want it to or not,” quipped Dr. William Clark in a brief conversation about the upcoming concert of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. The ensemble will perform Othello in its entirely, along with works by Roger Nixon, Claude T. Smith, and as always, John Philip Sousa. Dr. Clark talked with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the composers and the concert, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Leora Zeitlin

American composer Alfred Reed may not be a household name like Beethoven, but his music is played all over the world, including at numerous band concerts here in New Mexico. In this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, Dr. William Clark reflects on some of his favorite music by Alfred Reed, British composer Gordon Jacob, and Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, as well some of the skills required in conducting a large wind ensemble. He will conduct music by Reed, Jacob and Scriabin at the December concert of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. Recorded on December 10, 2013.