“Haunted America Suite,” a recently released CD of modern classical chamber music for horn, tuba and piano, features original compositions by Les Pack, associate professor of music and associate director of bands at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Pack collaborated with composers Justin Raines, James Grant and Lon Chaffin to produce the CD, which includes 17 cuts of music based in part on myths and legends of ghost stories, “spook lights,” and the spirits of Union and Confederate soldiers wandering the battlefield at Gettysburg.
The music is performed by renowned chamber musicians Celeste Shearer on horn, Jim Shearer on tuba, and DarrellFitzpartin, Dena Kay Jones and Laura Spitzer on piano.
Pack wrote four selections for the CD – “Chacona Mulata,” which refers to a sensual Mexican dance imported into Spain in the 16th century, “Hope is the Thing,” based on the Emily Dickinson poem of the same name, “Santa Fe Fantasy, A Piano Interlude,” inspired by walking the streets of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and “March,” which brings to mind old circus and rodeo bands of the past.
Pack studied composition and jazz guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He holds a bachelor of music education degree from Henderson State and a master of music from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He teaches music theory, jazz guitar, bass, and applied percussion. Pack is the co-owner, with Brian and Angela Rhodes, of Twin Towers Music Publishing, which specializes in the publication of concert band music for all levels of band, with an emphasis on young band literature.
“Haunted America Suite” is available online at Amazon.com and other online retailers.