VICTORVILLE • "Dances of Innocence," a three-year collaboration with world renowned Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost and Excelsior Education Center band director Patty Thayer of Hesperia, will be the centerpiece of Victor Valley College's annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13.
Selected musicians from Excelsior, Encore and Apple Valley Christian School will join the Victor Valley Symphonic Band in the composition's world premiere performance.
Van der Roost teaches at Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium and is a special guest professor at Shobi Institute of Music in Tokyo. He also is a a popular lecturer, clinician and guest conductor. To date, his musical activities have taken him to more than 40 countries.
He has written compositions for many genres and styles of music. His most noted are 2 Oratorios and Guitar Concerto.
At Excelsior, Thayer teachers several music classes including Beginning Band, Music Exploration, Jazz Ensemble, Beginning Strings, Concert Band and Marching/Pep Band.