AND THEY GATHERED ON MOUNT CARMEL
Finalist, 2013 American Prize (for band version)
A surround-sound, programmatic work based on I Kings 18. 25 minutes.
STANDARD ORCH VERSION: 3232 - 4331 - timp+3 - pno - optional women's chorus - strings
LARGE ORCHESTRA VERSION: 3333 - 4662 - timp+5 - pno - optional women's chorus - strings
"BLOWS THE AUDIENCE AWAY"
"I have conducted this work on several occasions and it always blows the audience away. All of Ayers' works are extremely well-crafted by a composer who really knows and respects the concert band."
— Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, former president, Indiana Bandmasters Association
"The Jesse Ayers' piece, a major change up from traditional fare with the almost other-worldly rhythms and tones had the desired effect on the audience: a standing ovation in the middle of the concert!
—Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra blog
The 3 movements can stand alone and are available separately.
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Also available for band
Recording of 3rd movement
This piece uses several extra "performers" surrounding the audience twirling whistling tubes. These performers can be guests such as local students, board members, or dignitaries.