The Greensboro Concert Band will premiere a work by Robert Palmer of Brevard in its concert Saturday at 8:15 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on the Guilford College campus.
Conducted by Charles R. Murph, the band will play Palmer's ``Cityscape,' then repeat the performance Sunday at the opening session of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association in Winston-Salem.Palmer conducts bands at Brevard High School and is fine arts chairman for the Transylvania County Schools. He conducts the wind ensemble each summer at the Brevard Music Center. Palmer has composed a number of works which are widely played. His four movement work for chorus and orchestra will be premiered by the Raleigh Oratorio Society in 1991.
The program at Guilford College is the third in the City Arts' Opus concert series. Murph will lead the band in Ralph Hermann's ``Concerto for Horn,' with Stuart Fitzpatrick as French horn soloist. In addition the band will perform James Barnes' ``Eaglecrest -An Overture,' a selection from ``Armenian Dances' by Alfred Reed, ``Eternal Father, Strong to Save' by Claude T. Smith, ``American Overture' by Joseph W. Jenkins, and ``Murph's March' by Greensboro composer Ronald Follas.
A planned presentation of the Frances Poulenc organ concerto with William Carroll as soloist has been postponed until a later date. The score failed to arrive in usable form.
Fitzpatrick, soloist in the Hermann concerto, is the principal horn of the Concert Band and of the Philharmonia of Greensboro. Both volunteer organizations are sponsored by City Arts of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department. An Asheboro native and a Chapel Hill graduate, Fitzpatrick received his master of music degree at Florida State University. He and his wife, cellist Kay Fitzpatrick, own and operate Moore Music Company.
Tickets for the Opus performance will be sold at the door. Prices are $7, or $6 for senior adults, $2 for students with ID and $1 for children 12 and under. For information, call the music office of City Arts at 373-2549.