Drum Corps International
Esperanza's 2004 program to be entitled "Five"

Esperanza's 2004 program to be entitled "Five"

by Drum Corps International

From an Esperanza press release: Esperanza will celebrate its fifth season (and its first after winning the 2003 DCI Division II Championship) and its move into Division I competition with a program called "Five." The production is presented in five movements as an examination of meter, time and space with late-20th century symphonic literature featuring the music of Philip Glass, Eric Whitacre, Michael Daugherty and Karl Jenkins. The understanding of "Five" is demonstrated through visual and audible imagery that is intensely expressive but also includes persistently rhythmic meters that are often richly colored in the darkest of orchestral hues. An immediate understanding of "Five" is apparent in the opening set, when the corps begins with the Phillip Glass adaptation of the 1977 David Bowie song "Heroes." In movement II, the 5/4-meter is explored in the Phillip Glass classic "1,000 Airplanes on the Roof." Next the corps moves into the haunting melody of "October" by Eric Whitacre. Michael Daugherty's "Lex" from the "Metropolis Symphony" is presented in movement IV, while movement V showcases visual ideas based on groups of "Five" in Karl Jenkins' "Song of Aeolus." In this final piece the corps demonstrates the larger symbolic meaning of "Five." The corps is sponsored by the Esperanza Performing Arts Association, which includes Esperanza de Luz Winter guards, the Esperanza Winter Percussion Ensemble and the San Diego Brass Community Band.