Saturday, March 2, 2024

Program: Dances

Winter Concert

Saturday, March 2, 2024 • 7:00 PM
The Concord Band
James O‘Dell, Music Director and Conductor

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Program

An American in Paris George Gershwin
arr. John Krance
Irish Tune from County Derry Percy Grainger
Shepherd's Hey Percy Grainger
Suite of Old American Dances Robert Russell Bennett
  1. Schottische
  2. Cake Walk
The Invisible Girl Mason Bynes
World Premiere—Commissioned by Ellen Feldman
  1. A Struggle Between Friends
  2. The Veiled Woman Revealed
  3. Becoming Visible

Intermission

Suite of Old American Dances Robert Russell Bennett
  1. Western One-Step
  2. Wallflower Waltz
  3. Rag
Saxophone Quartet
John Rabinowitz (soprano), David Southard (alto)
Judy Piermarini (tenor), Dan Shields (baritone)
“Ceilidh” from Celtic Suite Gavin Whitlock
Waltz for Debby Bill Evans
arr. Steve Piermarini
I Want You Back Gordy, Mizell, Perren, Richards
arr. Andy Wilds
The Concord Band
Danse—Tarantelle Styrienne Claude Debussy
orch. Ravel, arr. Boyd
Clear Track Polka Eduard Strauss
arr. Alfred Reed

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Spotlight: Mason Bynes

Mason Bynes
composer

Mason Bynes is a New York based composer, vocalist, and multimedia artist from Sugar Land, TX. In a post-modern tradition, she pulls from various stylistic sources, blurring the line between traditionalism and modernism. Her goal in creating music and art is to bridge the gap between genre and sound in order to bring listeners together. She received her Master of Music in Composition from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and she also holds a Bachelor of Music in composition from the University of North Texas.

Mason’s musical curiosity fuels her pursuit of collaboration in a myriad of artistic mediums, including film, spoken word, music for acoustic performance, and even the culinary arts. In her latest artistic season, she's enjoyed a variety of premieres and releases of her music, including: her first operetta with Boston Lyric Opera, in collaboration with Boston's Poet Loreate, Porsha Olayiwola, and Castle of Our Skins; the release of her brass quartet piece "For Rosa" on The Westerlies' latest album, Move; and the premiere of her music by Art of Elan for a new film by British-American visual artist, Daniel Dean. The Washington Master Chorale recently awarded Bynes the inaugural Florence Price Prize and premiered her new choral work, "Dust Bowl."

In addition to serving on the film/tv composition team at Raging Cloud Studios, Bynes currently serves as a career coach at New York University after years of coaching emerging artists at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Mason continues to sing and perform with a variety of ensembles, including The Boston Pops' Holiday Pops Singers. This season, she is looking forward to the premiere of the The Invisible Girl for wind ensemble with The Concord Band, and the reprise of her work "The Wanderer's Tethering" with Castle of Our Skins.

FMI: https://www.masonbynes.org/

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

World Premiere of The Invisible Girl

The Dancer as... the Invisible Girl
original comic book

The Concord Band’s Winter Concert will be held on March 2, 2024, at the 51 Walden Performing Arts Center, presenting the World Premiere of The Invisible Girl, commissioned by Concord Band flutist Ellen Feldman, who wished to create an adventurous composition of modern music “in appreciation of the Band’s expansion of her musical horizons.”

Feldman and Music Director James O’Dell commissioned talented composer Mason Bynes, who holds a Master of Music in composition from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, to create the new work for symphonic band. After consultation, Bynes based her composition on a comic book that Feldman created, The Dancer as... the Invisible Girl.

Ellen Feldman
comic book creator

The new musical work, titled The Invisible Girl, reflects Bynes' appreciation of minimalist and Copland-esque music, and comprises three movements: “A Struggle Between Friends,” “The Veiled Woman Revealed,” and “Becoming Visible.”

The third movement incorporates a video, also named after Feldman’s comic book, which was created and produced by Nicole Pierce, who performs the main character of the comic. The video was filmed and edited by Guggenheim and Fulbright recipient, Sam Kauffmann.

Mason Bynes
composer

In her notes to the music score, Bynes writes, “These three movements capture The Invisible Girl’s whirling power and agility, Karisma’s [the Invisible Girl’s nemesis] veiled and vengeful soul, and the coming together of two women whose seemingly polar identities encourage one another’s visibility.”

O'Dell selected additional music in keeping with the evening's theme, Dances! The program includes Robert Russell Bennett’s Suite of Old American Dances, Claude Debussy’s Danse—Tarantelle Styrienne, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

The concert and World Premiere will be held at 7:00 pm, Saturday March 2, 2024, at the 51 Walden Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA. The concert admission is free, with a $20 donation requested. The comic book, The Dancer as... the Invisible Girl, will be available for purchase. More information about the concert and premiere is available at www.concordband.org.

The Concord Band is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Dances

2024 Winter Concert flyer

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

WeStar 2024 Preview Videos

WeStar Music has released two promotional videos, featuring the Concord Band!

Tickets are now available

See you on January 20th at Cary Memorial Hall!

Monday, January 1, 2024

WeStar New Year Musical Night

2023 WeStar New Year Musical Night

WeStar Music presents the 2024 New Year Musical Night, 6:30pm, Saturday January 20, 2024, at Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington, featuring the award-winning Concord Band symphonic wind ensemble. The program features spectacular performances by a concert pianist, world champion accordionist, erhu masters, popular vocalists, international opera singers, and Boston's nationally-recognized dance troupe. This festival of song and dance commemorates the year past and anticipates a joyous and hopeful New Year.

The Concord Band will once again join forces with coloratura soprano Olga Lisovka among other world-renowned guest artists and performers.

Walk the red carpet with your family and friends in front of the elegant photo background wall. For VIP audience members, invited guests, and performing artists, WeStar offers an exclusive opportunity to gather after the concert to celebrate the New Year.

Advance ticket purchase recommended. See you on January 20th at Cary Memorial Hall!