The mystical atmosphere of Greece's coastal caves, which shine with dazzling iridescent blue light through crystal-clear waters, is the inspiration of this rich, cinematic selection. Students will be challenged to maintain a balanced, warm tone throughout, with a slow tempo and increased part independence. But they'll adore the flowing, interlocking streams of dreamlike melody in all the parts and an ominous sense of tension and release that builds to a rewarding conclusion. An optional harp part is included. The Blue Caves of Zakynthos, by Doug Spata, is a great way for advanced orchestras to work on higher-level musicianship skills, and it will be a stunning showpiece in any concert program.