Dr. William G. McManus, composer
Fruitlands Overture by Dr. William G. McManus (Concord Band Music
Director Emeritus) was written for the Concord Band in celebration of its
25th anniversary season of summer concerts at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard,
Opening with an exciting fanfare and including a variety of different styles
from symphonic band music to jazz, this lively mixed-meter overture captures
the festive outdoor flavor of the Concord Band’s long-standing summer
series at the Museum.
The repeating descending ostinato in the slow middle section depicts the
setting sun which occurs during each Fruitlands concert.
The overture was premiered on June 30, 2010, at the Silver Anniversary
concert at Fruitlands, with Dr. McManus conducting.