Friday, August 11, 2017

Municipal Band Performs in Park

The Greenville Municipal Concert Band returns to the Greenville City Park on Sunday, August 13 for a performance of traditional and modern band music. Concert time will be 7:00pm. There is seating available on park benches, or listeners may bring their own lawn chairs. There is no admission charge for the concert. The band will be conducted by its associate director, Doug Albright.

The band is well known for its performance of traditional march music. Marches scheduled to be performed on Sunday’s concert include “The Billboard” by John Klohr, “The Big Cage” by Karl L. King and “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.

The overture for the evening will be “Spirit of the Winds” by Robert Smith. Smith wrote the music to depict a hot air balloon rally in the Temecula Valley region of California. Another highlight of the program will be Frank Ticheli’s “Simple Gifts,” a suite of Shaker influenced music. The songs and dances of this religious group have proven to be a rich resource for modern composers.

Lighter musical selections will include a medley of early rock and roll tunes entitled “The Golden Age of Rock and Roll.” Also on the program is a selection of songs from the Broadway musical, Hello Dolly. Hello Dolly has been a hot ticket on Broadway once again, with Bette Midler starring in revival that won four Tony Awards in 2017. Brian McKibben will step out of the trombone section to lead the band in a performance of “Uptown Funk,” the recent pop hit by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

There will be no concert on August 20, but concert attendees can look forward to Sunday, August 27 and a performance by the Greenville Municipal Big Band. The big band is will be under the direction of JR Price, and will be playing jazz and swing favorites.

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