Keith Brion, Director of New Sousa Band, to Guest Conduct the Concord Band
Concord, Mass, October 5, 2011 —
Keith Brion, Music Director of the New Sousa Band and a foremost authority
on John Philip Sousa, will be the guest conductor for the Concord Band's
Mr. Brion will conduct Sousa's Dwellers of the Western World, first
published 100 years ago, as well as two Sousa marches.
The concert will take place at 8 pm on October 22, 2011 at the Performing
Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord.
James O'Dell, Music Director of the Concord Band, has selected two other
pieces with centennial connections for the program:
Gustav Holst's Second Suite in F Major, composed in 1911, and
Hymn to Yerevan, by Alan Hovhaness, who was born in 1911.
Rounding out the program will be American Overture for Band by Joseph
Jenkins, Continuum by Robert Buckley, and The Guide by Noah
Keith Brion, who currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., is a freelance
conductor of professional and university bands and symphony orchestras.
Mr. Brion's own actively touring New Sousa Band is a nationally selected
ensemble, which he has led since 1986.
The band is a realization of his dream to reincarnate the Sousa Band and
once again tour America's towns and cities.
He has also led his popular Sousa revival concerts with almost all of
America's major and regional orchestras.
Mr. Brion has given special attention to reviving Sousa's appealing and
durable programming skills, and to adapting the original techniques of
Sousa's Band to his modern performances.
Dwellers of the Western World is a three-movement suite that
depicts three major populations residing in North America: American Indians,
settlers from Western Europe, and African Americans.
Each are represented by music that would have been thought characteristic in
The suite was composed in anticipation of Sousa's celebrated year-long 1911
Mr. Brion will also conduct two other marches by Sousa:
National Game March, composed at the request of major league
baseball's first commissioner, and The Boy Scouts of America,
celebrating an institution incorporated just over 100 years ago in 1910.
The concert begins at 8:00 pm in The Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden
Street in Concord on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
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 each year at Fruitlands Museum in
For additional information, contact Peter Norton,
Concord Band Publicity.
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