Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Concord Band Invited to Perform at Boston Festival of Bands

The Concord Band performing during the 2016 Boston Festival of Band at Faneuil Hall, Boston.
The Concord Band is thrilled to have been invited to participate in the day-long 29th annual Boston Festival of Bands, featuring performances, on the hour, by seven of the finest community concert bands from all around New England, on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The prestigious Festival, hosted by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, features seven bands who will play from 11 AM through 6 PM in the Great Hall of historic Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston,

The day-long event, presenting the most exciting pieces for concert bands, is free. This year's ensembles include:
  • Randolph Community Band, based in Randolph, MA
  • Classic Brass, Southern Connecticut
  • Casco Bay Wind Symphony, Gorham, ME
  • Concord Band, Concord, MA
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony, Boston, MA (celebrating Lewis Buckley's 10th anniversary as music director of the Met Winds)
  • Middlesex Concert Band, Wakefield, MA
  • Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, Providence, RI
This is the 20th time that The Concord Band has been invited to perfor! The performance time for The Concord Band is 12 noon until 1 PM.

PROGRAM

  • Bright-Colored Dances, by Lewis Buckley (in honor of his 10th anniversary as Music Director of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony)
  • Hymn to a Blue Hour, by John Mackey
  • Third Suite, by Robert Jager
  • Fugue a la Gigue, by J.S. Bach, arr. Gustav Holst
  • Variations on a Carnival of Venice, by Jean Baptiste Arban, featuring cornet soloist Richard Given



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Pops Presents Dynamic Guest Artist Christine Fawson


The Concord Band is excited this year to be presenting an eclectic and crowd-pleasing program, which will feature the dynamic and infectious Berklee faculty member Christine Fawson as lead jazz vocalist and trumpeter.

Her pieces will include Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm", "But Not For Me", and "Embraceable You", as well as Cole Porter's "Night and Day" and a rousing version of "Massachusetts", made famous by the Gene Krupa Big Band. (We're expecting a lot of audience participation on that one!)

Also on the program: Gustav Holst's arrangement of Bach's "Fugue a la Gigue", composer Julie Giroux's remarkable "Boston Liberties" (commissioned by the Concord Band in 2008), a tribute to Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein's "Danzon", a little Dixieland and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes". In other words, a little something for every taste!

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12, which includes seating is at tables for 4 and light refreshments. Go to http://ticketstage.com/concordband, or send email to reservations@concordband.org, or call 978-897-9969.

Parking: A special note for those thinking of attending the Friday night performance: there's a big Hollywood film currently being shot in Concord across the street from 51 Walden. It stars Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. They'll be doing some shooting on Friday night, which shouldn't interfere with our program ... BUT ... parking around the venue will be severely limited. The recommendation is to come on the early side and be prepared to park a few blocks from the venue. 

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