Great Lakes Tableau
Instrumentation: Brass Quintet Instruments: 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone and Tuba
The last movement is a picture of Mackinac (pronounced Mack-in-aw) Island in Lake Huron. The island, reachable only through private boat or commercial ferry, is automobile-free. The only transportation on the island is horse drawn buggy, bicycle or foot. It has been a tourist destination since the early 20th century when the Grand Hotel was first constructed. Landing on the island is a step back in time to a simpler era. The hustle and bustle of the ferry port, the quaint shops along the boardwalk, and of course, the fudge shops. The movement is a picture postcard of a tour of the island beginning with the ferry crossing, the landing at Main Street and the old homes and hotels. As you move toward the backside of the island the tourist numbers decline and a calmness of being one with nature takes over. Beautiful rock formations, lovely flora and the soft sound of the waves lapping at the shore accompany you through the far side of the island. As you return to the front of the island the hustle and bustle returns accompanied always by the joyful feel of a vacation paradise. Enjoy!