Friday, October 11, 2019

Concord Band to Perform Carnival of the Animals

After a successful 60th anniversary season, capped by a performance at the Minute Man National Historical Park’s own 60th anniversary commemoration, The Concord Band will hold its Fall Concert at 8:00 pm Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord, Mass. Music Director James O’Dell has chosen the theme, “Carnival of the Animals,” featuring music inspired by the animal kingdom, from pre-historic to present-day, in all of its splendor, beauty, power, and might. Admission to the Concord Band’s Fall Concert is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

In addition to Camille Saint-Saëns’ titular composition, the program will include W. Francis McBeth’s Of Sailors and Whales, with narrative introductions to each of the five movements excerpted from Melville’s literary masterpiece, Moby Dick. Other works include Aaron Copland’s Hoe Down, from his suite from the ballet Rodeo, the Italian folk dance Tarantella arranged by Alfred Reed, and Jurassic Park Soundtrack Highlights from the original film score by John Williams—just in time for the anticipated sequel, Jurassic World 3 featuring the cast from the original movie. Robert Sheldon’s Manatee Lyric Overture, Sousa’s seldom-performed Mother Goose March, and Karl L. King’s Walking Frog two-step round out the program.
Nat Hefferman

British composer Geoffrey Brand has arranged Carnival of the Animals into a suite in six movements for concert band. Accompanying each movement will be humorous and apt poems by Ogden Nash. Concord Band bassoonist and announcer Nat Hefferman will read the Nash poems as well as the Melville narrations in Of Sailors and Whales.

The Concord Band is supported by grants from Concord and Bolton Cultural Councils, agencies of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Band is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which gladly accepts donations through secure on-line links at the Concord Band’s homepage ( or blog (, where you can also find more information about the 2013 Sudler Silver Scroll-winning ensemble.