|Guest Artist Lewis Buckley|
A native and resident of Hagerstown, MD, composer, arranger, conductor and French horn player Michael A. Mogensen (b. 1973) is an alumnus of the music schools of James Madison University and Ithaca College. Commissioned by The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., Aerial Fantasy is a work inspired by the thrill and exhilaration of flight. According to Mogensen’s program notes, music stands as one of the ultimate expressions of human emotion and spirit, and few fantasies evoke more excitement than flying through air and space. He says that Aerial Fantasy utilizes a variety of musical elements to symbolize the concept of flying. Ascending motives, quick tempi, energetic rhythms, and soaring melodies and countermelodies all contribute to the desired depiction. The music concludes in dramatic and invigorating fashion, encompassing in his words “an awesome display of speed, power, precision and agility—characteristics synonymous with America’s magnificent Air Force and with every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.”
|Women Airforce Service Pilots|
|Composer Roger Cichy|
The Concord Band’s Flights of Fancy concert will be held at the Performing Arts Center in Concord, Massachusetts, at 51 Walden Street on Saturday March 8, 2014, at 8:00 pm. In honor of those now serving in the Air Force, active duty USAF personnel will be admitted free. Others in the Hanscom AFB community may attend for half price. Tickets are available at the Concord Band website www.concordband.org or at the door and are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.