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Fall and Winter 2009-2010

Recently appointed Music Director and Conductor James O'Dell leads the Concord Band in a dazzling fall concert featuring music written by British and American composers for concert band

Music from "Across the Pond"

Saturday, October 24

Performing Arts Center, Concord

8:00 p.m.

51 Walden Street

Concord , MA 01742 | Directions

Music Director
James O'Dell , Conducting

John Philip Sousa ~ Ralph Vaughan Williams ~ Sir William Walton ~ Philip Sparke ~ Haydn Wood ~ Leroy Anderson ~ Gordon Jacob ~ Andrew Lloyd Webber ~ William P. Latham

The program opens with the rousing Sousa march, Hands Across the Sea , followed by the beloved and gorgeous English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This three-movement suite was originally written for band and later transcribed for orchestra, a welcome switch from the common practice of works originally written for orchestra later being scored for wind band.

Reciter Chuck Holleman is featured next in three selections from Walton's tongue-in-cheek parody Façade: Popular Song , Yodelling Song and Polka . Referred to by its composer as "Entertainment", the text is by Dame Edith Sitwell. This melodrama, originally written for seven instruments and reciting voice, is arranged for band by Robert O'Brien.

Fall 2009 poster

To A New Dawn by British composer Philip Sparke closes the first half of the concert. Commissioned in 2000 by the United States Continental Army Band, it was written to celebrate the 3rd Millennium.

The second half opens with Mannin Veen ("Dear Isle of Man") by Haydn Wood. This lively tone poem for concert band includes a typical air, lively reel, summoning song, and old hymn. Three toe tapping movements from Leroy Anderson's Irish Suite precede the stately and popular Earle of Oxford's Marche by Gordon Jacob. This march beautifully captures the pomp and circumstance with true "British" flair.

No concert featuring British music would be complete without a nod to Andrew Lloyd Webber, undoubtedly the most successful composer of musicals in the world. Featured in Selections from Cats for Concert Band are Overture, Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat, The Old Gumbie Cat, Macavity: The Mystery Cat, and Memory. The program concludes with the melodic march Brighton Beach by American composer William P. Latham, a concert march which refers to the famous English south coast resort area.



Friday, December 11

Performing Arts Center, Concord

Saturday, December 12

51 Walden Street

8:00 p.m.

Concord, MA 01742 | Directions

Tickets sell out early. Order now!

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Or, reserve by phone: (978) 897-9969

Ticket Prices: Seating at tables for four is priced at $20 per adult, $15 per child (12 and under), and includes beverages and snacks.


Saturday, March 6, 2010 ~ Winter Concert

Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2010
Spring POPS

51st Anniversary Season Concert Dates

James O'Dell, Music Director

October 24 - Fall Concert

December 11 & 12 - Holiday Pops

March 6, 2009 - Winter Concert

April 9 and 10 - Spring Pops

Directions to our Concert Venues

Performing Arts Center (Concord)

About the Concord Band

The Concord Band, founded in 1959, is a 65-member community band based at the Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA.

James O'Dell is the Music Director.

The Concord Band 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.

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Concord Band | Box 302 | Concord | MA | 01742 | (978) 897-9969 |