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Concord Band Presents Scenes to Be Heard

Concord, Mass., September 28, 2010 — A strikingly beautiful young women glimpsed at a fair, children playing in a Renaissance art gallery, a sketch of monumental city gates—these are all scenes that have been the inspiration for great musical compositions. Music Director James O’Dell has selected a program of music that depicts scenes such as these for the Concord Band’s Fall Concert when the Band opens its 52nd season on Saturday, October 23 at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord.

Scenes from the Louvre was originally written to accompany a 1964 NBC television special about the famous Paris art museum. Composer Norman Dello Joio won an Emmy award for the composition, which depicts the Louvre with scenes that include The Portals, Children’s Gallery, Kings of France, and Nativity Paintings. The music authentically captures the style and character of music during the Renaissance at the time of the museum’s development. Dello Joio has local connections, having composed the Concord Band’s first commission, Satiric Dances, and served as Dean of the School for the Arts at Boston University in the 1970s.

Art also features in Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky. The music depicts a walking tour of an exhibition of paintings by Mussorgsky’s friend Viktor Hartmann. While Mussorgsky originally wrote the piece for piano, it has been the subject of many orchestrations, most notably by Maurice Ravel. The Band will play five of the movements from Erik Leidzen’s band transcription, which closely models Ravel’s orchestration.

Lewis J. Buckley, currently the Music Director of Boston’s Metropolitan Wind Symphony, wrote Con Sabor Español as a conducting sight-reading exercise for the auditions to choose his successor as Director of the Coast Guard Band. This lively piece, whose title means "With a Spanish Flavor," paints a Spanish scene, full of spirit, flavorful melodies and tricky mixed meters.

Also on the program will be Manatee Lyric Overture by Robert Sheldon, March of the Belgian Paratroopers by Pierre Leemans, Wrong Note Rag by Leonard Bernstein, and Pageant by Vincent Persichetti. The concert will close with Fairest of the Fair by John Philip Sousa. A very pretty young lady who worked at the annual Boston Food Fair caught Sousa’s attention. Though Sousa never met the woman, the scene sparked a lasting memory that inspired him to write this wonderfully melodic march in 1908.

The concert begins at 8:00 pm in The Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street in Concord on Saturday, October 23. Tickets are $15 each ($5 for students and seniors) and are available at the door.

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. Visit our website at www.concordband.org.


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