Seatle Drum Corps Coming to Charleston
The Seattle Cascades, the oldest and most honored drum corps in the Pacific NW, is coming to the Univ of Charleston Stadium to perform its 2016 production “O” on August 1. 
  Befitting the title, the performing arts organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary with music that includes the up-tempo gallop of “Apollo Unleashed” from Symphony No. 2 by USC professor/composer Frank Ticheli.  The darker and brooding “The Moment I Said It” follows, which is from the 2005 album “Speak for Yourself” by the visionary British pop singer/songwriter Imogen Heap.  The show concludes with the mesmerizing “Orawa,” originally written for string orchestra by the Polish composer Wojciech Kilar.  He is best known to American audiences for his film soundtracks, including Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dracula” and Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist.”   The corps’ show here is part of an 8600-mile journey throughout the country that includes 20 competitions and performances in 16 states, culminating at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis, IN August 9-13.  The high school-and college-age performers hail from nearly every state as well as Canada.  They attend rehearsals throughout the winter months, concluding with an intensive three-week spring training program before embarking on the current seven-week annual tour.   Perfecting its 12-minute show and thoroughly entertaining its audiences is the goal of the Seattle Cascades Drum Corps.  Please enjoy “O” and help us make our next 50 years equally memorable!