Nessun Dorma arr. Mark Williams
Conducted by Jon Page
Jonathan Pageis from Chicago, Illinois and is a music education major at VanderCook College of Music. His main instrument is percussion; he has been playing percussion since beginning band in middle school. Throughout his lifetime he has played in numerous ensembles including local bands and has played in a large array of venues from local stages to large amphitheatres. He also toured the country in 2011 with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa. He was inspired by his high school band director to become a music teacher and plans to continue his path making that a reality.
Giacomo Puccini was born December 22nd, 1858 and died on November 29th, 1924. Franco Alfano completed the opera in 1926. Puccini died in 1924 and was unable to finish the opera himself. Williams, who was the arranger, was born in Chicago but grew up in Spokane, Washington. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Education degree both from Washington University. Williams has over 200 works, on his most ambitious has been the co-writing of "Accent on Achievement Band Method."
This piece was originally an Aria from the final act of Puccini's opera "Turandot." It is one of the best-known tenor arias in opera. In the Opera the prince Calaf falls in love with Princess Turandot at first sight. However any man that wishes to marry her must answer three riddles and if they fail they are forced to have their head removed.