Concord Band to Celebrate 50th Anniversary with March 14th Gala Concert
Acton, Mass., January 17, 2009 The Concord Band will celebrate
its Fiftieth Anniversary with a gala concert on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at
8 PM in the auditorium of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.
The concert will be representative of what has made the Band one of the
finest community bands in the country: a widely varied program of musical
styles from classical to jazz, outstanding soloists, and the world premiere
of a newly commissioned piece.
Three music directors have spanned virtually the entire fifty-year history
of the Band, and all three will be present to conduct parts of the
The Concord Band is nationally known for its commissioned pieces.
Since 1967, the Band has either commissioned or has had written for it
nearly 70 new works for symphonic wind ensemble possibly more than
any other community band in the world.
The March 14 concert will feature the world premiere of a newly
commissioned work by composer Roger Cichy, who will conduct the
Flowing Pens from Concord is a four-movement composition based on
the writings of four Concord authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May
Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The Band has recently performed other pieces by Mr. Cichy, including
Colours and Fanfare for a Festive Day.
Music Director Emeritus William Toland will return for the concert.
Mr. Toland directed the Band for more than 30 years and began the Band's
long tradition of commissioning new music.
He will open the concert with His Honor, a march by Henry Fillmore.
Mr. Toland will also conduct Satiric Dances by Norman Dello Joio,
the Band's first commission.
Satiric Dances has since become a staple of the concert band
repertoire and is frequently performed by high school, college, and
community bands throughout the world.
Dr. William G. McManus is retiring after fourteen seasons as Music
Director with the Band.
To mark the occasion, he has chosen to conduct Alfred Reed's Armenian
Dances, which was also on the first program he conducted with the
Dr. McManus will also be writing a new arrangement to feature jazz vocalist
Amanda Carr, a frequent soloist with the Band.
The concert will mark the debut of the Band's new Music Director, James
O'Dell, who will be conducting Malcolm Arnold's Four Scottish Dances
and several other selections.
A distinguished and versatile conductor, educator, and musician, Mr. O'Dell
is also Associate Dean of The Boston Conservatory, and Associate and
Principal Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony.
Trumpet player and composer Lewis Buckley will lead the Concord Band and
its Dixieland group in Dixieland Live!, which he arranged for the
Band to premiere in April 2001.
Mr. Buckley is also the Music Director of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony.
The Band also regularly features soloists from among its many outstanding
musicians. Nathanial Hefferman, Concord Band principal bassoonist, will be
the featured soloist in the first movement of Mozart's Concerto in
B-flat Major for bassoon.
The concert begins at 8:00 pm at Acton-Boxborough Regional High
School at 36 Charter Road in Acton, Mass. on Saturday, March 14.
Tickets are $15 each ($5 for students and seniors) and are available at the
The Concord Band, founded in 1959, is one of the leading community
concert bands in the United States.
It is well known for its innovative programming and the exceptional quality
of its commissioned pieces.
It presents both formal and Pops concerts throughout the year.
Thousands attend its summer concerts at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard,
Massachusetts, each year.
For additional information, contact Peter Norton,
Concord Band Publicity.
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