One can only imagine what this world would be like without color

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One can only imagine what this world would be like without color

    ColoramaA Musical Rainbow

    Terre Haute Sinfonietta

    Script for 01 December, 2002

    One can only imagine what this world would be like without color. What a drab somber place it would be, completely devoid of the joy, moods and inspiration that color brings to our lives.

    In preparing for this program, it became increasingly amazing to see how often composers were influenced by colors, not just in the titles of their works, but also by depicting a certain subject or mood. In the scientific world, it has long been recognized that color affects human appetites in food, memories, and emotions such as anger, grief, joy and sadness. After thorough research into music and color, it was learned that BLUE has been the color to inspire composers the most.

    Today we will offer familiar and new compositions, which vividly reflect a rainbow hued range of mood and character. We have chosen a variety of colors that portray a multitude of moods, some serious, some happy and joyful. The compositions are either describing a subject or are creating a certain mood for the listener. In preparing the narration for this program a great deal of the descriptions of the various colors was inspired by the poetry of Norman Sickel. His poems speak as if each color was describing itself. LET US BEGIN!


    Red is the violent, the exciting shocker of we who seek excitement. When but a child I saw the clanging red of a fire engine, disaster I somehow enjoyed. The hotness of red fascinates yet consumes me.

    My red shoes make me walk fasterfasteryet not knowing where I go or

    why. Red can be influenced by jealously and passion.

    As I saw redred that I created and excited me for Red is my color of violence. Now we present a new composition by Arthur Wiggens called “The Red Carpet”.


    Pink is a color varying from light crimson to pale reddish purple. It soothes the violence of red and offers a more serene atmosphere.


    ColoramaA Musical Rainbow

    Terre Haute Sinfonietta

    Script for 01 December, 2002

    It is frequently used metaphorically as in, “the pink of health”, and “pinko” to describe a person with far left political views. In the business world it is used to describe a sales slip or as a notice of termination. Musically it is used to describe a feeling of enjoyment as in “tickled pink”. In the following composition by Henry Mancini it is used to denote the humor of the movie from which it takes it name, “The Pink Panther”.


    Blue is the dreamer and I am blue, yet not sad for I have made a friend of sadness.

    I relax in the waves of my blue colored dreamsit soothes my mind, it

    caresses my heart.

    I am a man, yet with blue in my eyesa boy at heart.

    I have blue in my eyesa misty blue that gives me happiness for my blue-

    colored mind sees only what it dreams.

    So in life I deck myself in bluefor BLUE is the dreamer!

    Our principal trumpet, Mr Jim Chesterson now assumes his post as Assistant Conductor of the Sinfonietta to lead the orchestra in “Serenade in Blue”.


    Purple is the schemer, padded footsteps that roam the earth but only at night. Purple plans red and dreams blue dreams.

    Purple schemes and chokes with intrigue for purple is the schemer.

    Dr. Melendy will step from the podium to play a jazz solo for violin written by Eddie South. Listen to this version of “Deep Purple” accompanied by Leslie Zimmerman.


Brown is earthbound for brown is the Mother Earth.

    Brown draws its pigment from the earth from time immemorial.

    Brown changes as seasons change but ever to return to brown. Brown welcomes wind when it brings leaves to bed.


    ColoramaA Musical Rainbow

    Terre Haute Sinfonietta

    Script for 01 December, 2002

    Leaves, as they rest, change their shade to match the season. Then, nourish new and growing things that rise againfor brown is Mother

    Earth! Brown can also be fun and light as we see in the next selection featuring the strings in a rendition of “The Little Brown Jug”.


    The next selection offers a multitude of colors as in a rainbow. Introduced by Judy Garland in the immortal film, “The Wizard of Oz”, we offer a solo performance of this lovely haunting melody by Mr. Bruce Thompson, principal horn for the Sinfonietta. Both Mr Thompson and the conductor, Mr Chesterson are members of the Air National Guard here in Terre Haute with stthe 181 Fighter Wing.


    Once again we recall the color blue as previously described. The string section is featured in this happy blue grass version of the “Blue Tail Fly”.

    Green is the lover, for green is the color of growing things. Green grows the grassbuds emerge into glossy green leaves.

    Green is happy for there is blue and laughing yellow in there too. Green plants seeds and makes it grow into a loving reality. Green is never alonefor wedded to it, as blue weds yellow to make green, the lover.


    Patti Plascak-Willey, originally from Terre Haute, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Stephen’s College and has performed professionally

    with modern dance companies in Pittsburgh and New York City. She has taught Master Classes at five major universities, and in April 2000 founded the Academy of Dance.

    The dancers today will range in age from nine to nineteen. Please welcome the Academy Dancers as they perform the ancient tune, “Greensleeves”.


    ColoramaA Musical Rainbow

    Terre Haute Sinfonietta

    Script for 01 December, 2002


    Silver is the patricianit was gray until it was shined to meet the world. It gleamsno one dares to dispoil this color.

    Silver seeks not the handling of everyday lifeit tarnishes.

    Please leave this color alone in a velvet-lined drawer.

    This is silver and silver is patrician.

    We welcome the return, from the internationally renowned Banks of the Wabash Chorus, the New Harmony Quartet from one of our previous concerts. Mr Jerry Lee Burns, actor, singer, musician, and honored friend of the Sinfonietta, will join with the quartet and the orchestra to dance a soft-shoe to this familiar melody which was popular when your grand parents courted “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”.



    Black is the bottomless fog I cannot lift but I can pierce with sharp awareness.

    This is the night I cannot end, yet I can find a new beginning in another place, another day.

    I wander at night and my thoughts are black till thoughts of deeds bring reflection and rest.

    Then I fear not black, for I know no fearthere is no fear because I have no


    I fear no bottomless thing when I can find the topBlack is my friend

    though it be bottomless.

    In our next selection, the composer Robert W. Smith is describing the flight of a Hawk. One can almost see a bird in flight “Where the Black Hawk Soars”.


    We return to the color blue for our next three selections. The first was composed by the “Father of the Blues”, William Christopher Handy.


    ColoramaA Musical Rainbow

    Terre Haute Sinfonietta

    Script for 01 December, 2002

    W.C. Handy, the son of a preacher, referred to the blues as “Negro Folk Songs”. According to Handy, the theme of this folk music is the Negro’s emotional feeling quite apart from religion. His St. Louis Blues was born November 16, 1873. Blues did not spring out of nowhere. Blues had its roots in the dreary lives of the slaves. The blues also gave birth to rather distinctive forms of dance such as jubas, reels, stomps, drags and hoe-downs. To interpret this number with dance, we have asked Jerry Lee Burns to return.


    Influenced by the blues, the temper of popular music as a whole became warmer, its melodies smoother and its tempos somewhat more deliberate.

Enjoying a rebirth of popularity as an exotic Latin import, the TANGO, ndthwhich was introduced in the 2 decade of the 20 century testified to the

    need for a more sustained romantic type of music and dance.

    We are once again delighted to bring you the Willey Academy Dancers for their interpretation of the Tango. The Blue Tango was composed by the brilliant composer-arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra, Mr. Leroy Anderson.


     thOften called the most influential singer of the 20 century, Frank Sinatra

    became a legend in his own time. One of the first teen age idols, he later became an icon for all ages. Often referred to as “The Chairman of the Board”, and “Old Blue Eyes”, his songs will remain popular for all time.

    Even though the songs in the following medley don’t have colors in their titles, Sinatra’s influence on popular music in the last 60 years has been so great, we decided to include it as a Salute to “Ole Blue Eyes”.


    Yellow is the laughterthe laughter of those who smile with sunny warmth, The laughter of a boy who leads his dog on a merry romp through the hills.


    ColoramaA Musical Rainbow

    Terre Haute Sinfonietta

    Script for 01 December, 2002

Unbound, unfettered the reach for lifegiving purifying rays of the world’s

    heating system. Yellow is the gentle laughter on the wind, a streaming smiling warmth of laughing yellow.

    We are once again pleased to bring you a return of that marvelous Barbershop group the New Harmony Quartet. Here they are singing one an old cavalry song, “Round Her Neck She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”..


Orange is the gay deceiverbut deceives nicely.

    Orange is the daughter of the yellow laughter and the violent red. Orange is the sun worshipper who sits on the beach and uses its rays superficially for orange is correct and stylish.

    Men receive and enjoy orangebut not really enjoy, for the color orange is the gay deceiver.

    Once again, our strings are spotlighted in playing the famous Blue Grass song by Ervin T. Rouse, “The Orange Blossom Special”.


    White is the young in heart though it be of any age. Infants cry while dressed in whitethey are pure.

    From the cradle to bridal veil white carries a mother of love. Keep her bower shining white and clean, and mothers’ tears will wash away

    the grime of deeds not meant to do.

    And when hair matches the heart one will still be young for both are white and white is the young in heart.

    To conclude today’s program what better song than the number one recorded song of all time. Written by Irving Berlin and first featured in the motion picture “Holiday Inn”. Introduced by the legendary crooner Bing Crosby and the late Rosemary Clooney we would like to dedicate this composition, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, to their memory. What better way to bring on the number one holiday than with “White Christmas”.


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