Montgomery Philharmonic 2016 - 17
Our 11th Season – Inspired by…
Concert 5, Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Inspired by America
In recent years, Poelking’s compositions have continued to gain momentum, with more frequent performances. He was awarded Arranger of the Year in 2007 for his piece written for the USC Marching Band/Pep Band. In 2014, a portion of Scratch for string quartet was selected for The Vox Novus “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project and performed by the Passione Quartet in Bucharest, Romania. Two more pieces premiered in 2014: Grey Streaks performed by the University of Southern Mississippi Percussion Ensemble and Lucy for SATB chorus and piano by the Academy of Voices in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Poelking recently completed his first piece for full orchestra Terra Nocte, which will receive its world premiere under his baton in May 2017 with the Montgomery Philharmonic.
- Compositions: Several arrangements for the University of South Carolina Marching Band, Scratch for string quartet, Grey Streaks and Late October for Percussion Ensemble, Lucy for Chorus and Piano, Above the Clouds for Concert Band, Fanfare for Brass and Percussion, and Terra Nocte for Symphony Orchestra
Terra Nocte – Music for Orchestra (2016) – Kevin Poelking
During the initial drafts, Terra Nocte was originally intended to be the slow movement of a larger symphony. However, during the composition process, the piece began to establish itself as a piece that could stand alone.
Although none of the music was composed with any visual images in mind, as the piece neared completion, the opening measures of the music seemed to evoke an atmosphere that inspired the title of “Terra Nocte” (Latin for “Earth at Night”). This loosely metered introduction seemed to paint a picture of a quiet lake under the moonlight, with small disturbances rippling across the smooth surface, and insects, wind, and wildlife singing and stirring around its shores.