Featuring: Sevivon / Maoz Tzur / Hanukkah
By Chris Bernotas
Alfred Concert Band
A Hanukkah Festival is a medley of three traditional Hanukkah songs, "Sevivon," "Maoz Tzur," and "Hanukkah." "Sevivon" has a dramatic melody and is written with a variety of accompaniment leading to a brief, but impressive, clarinet cadenza that leads into "Maoz Tzur." This traditional piece is scored with full, rich voicings along with the beautiful melody. "Hanukkah" is the festival of lights and the last section of the piece. It is a bright playful march with an exciting conclusion. A Hanukkah Festival is filled with memorable tunes that students and audiences will enjoy while paying homage to this important holiday.