Prism Concert: An Event to Remember


Photo courtesy of Kettle Moraine Music

The most interesting band concert of the year has to be the Prism Concert. Held by Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and several other small ensembles, the Prism Concert turns usual concert-going on its head with non-traditional pieces, playing in interesting arrangements, and even bringing a Godzilla costume into the picture. 

Wind Symphony played three pieces, as will Symphonic Band. However, the pieces will be interspersed with performances from the smaller ensembles, including Drumline One, Jazz Band, and Flute Choir. Students worked hard for several weeks to ready themselves for this performance. 

Symphonic Band students played An American Elegy, a piece by Frank Ticheli, while surrounding the audience in the house. Soloists played from the sound booth or from the wings of the stage. Another piece, Lightning Field by John Mackey, includes percussionists with thunder tubes – children’s toys that replicate the sounds of a stormy night – which were scattered around the house of the auditorium. 

Wind Symphony performed three pieces. Their most show-stopping event was their rendition of Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!  by Eric Whitacre. The entire band dressed up in various Vegas-themed costumes, including a swarm of Elves portrayed by the percussion section. Even Mrs. Catania, one of the band directors and teacher for Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance (KM Perform), will be involved. Rumor had it that she would be dressed as Godzilla!