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Press Release

For Immediate Release

The Concord Band's 17th Season at Fruitlands

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. $12.00 Parking Fee, $10.00 for Museum Members (978) 456-3924 x239

One of the most popular harbingers of summer is the annual concert series performed by the Concord Band. The seventy-member symphonic wind ensemble formed in 1959 and began its first regular concert series in 1961. Today, the members hail from more than 26 communities in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

Join Fruitlands in welcoming the Concord Band every Thursday night June 27th through August 1st at 7:30 PM. The gates open at 5:00 PM. Bring a picnic supper or purchase. grilled items and snacks on site.

June 27th: Solo and Ensemble Spotlight

The Concord Band will open its 17th season at Fruitlands Museums, Harvard on Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 7:30 P.M. The concert will feature several of the Concord Band's instrumental sections and outstanding soloists. Jennifer Garcia of Hanscom AFB, Tom Taylor of Acton, and Nathan Finch of Medford will be featured in the lively trumpet trio "Roller Coaster." Eric Abis of Amherst, NH will be featured performing "Rhapsody for Euphonium." The Concord Band Dixieland band will be front and center for "Dixieland Live!"¾a piece commissioned last year by the Concord Band. Sammy Nestico's "Persuasion" will spotlight saxophone soloist David Southard of Bedford. Trumpet soloist Ted Schmuhl of Falmouth will perform the breathtaking "Concierto de Aranjuez." And, the ever popular Concord Band trombone section will be featured in the tune "Magic Slides."

July 4th: Independence Day Program

The Concord Band will present two concerts of traditional patriotic music and marches in celebration of the 4th of July holiday. The Concord Band will perform at 3:00 P.M. at Concord's Picnic in the Park, Emerson Field, Concord. The Concord Band will also perform at 7:30 P.M. at Fruitlands Museums, Harvard. The concerts will feature the patriotic marches "Washington Grays," "National Emblem," "Army Air Corps March," and "Stars and Stripes Forever." The Concord Band will play music from the 1952 World War II documentary "Victory at Sea." There will be a musical salute to the nation's Armed Forces and medleys of traditional patriotic songs that everyone can sing along to. The concerts will conclude with the Civil War era song "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

July 11th: British Band Music

On Thursday, July 11, 2002 the Concord Band concert will continue its summer concert series at Fruitlands Museums in Harvard with classic British Band music. The concert will feature music by British composers Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gordon Jacob, and Kenneth J. Alford. The Concord Band will perform movements from two suites¾Jacob's Original Suite and the march from Holst's "Second Suite for Military Band" whose baritone melody is the folk song "Swansea Town." Williams' "Sea Songs" is a work based on the sea songs "Princess Royal," "Admiral Benbow," and "Portsmouth." The Concord Band will also perform two marches by Alford, renowned as Britain's "March King." "Voice of the Guns" march, a piece for the British Army Head Quarters, was used in the movie Lawrence of Arabia. And the "Colonel Bogey" march was used as the theme song for the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. Trumpet soloist Ted Schmuhl of Falmouth will perform the breathtaking Concierto de Aranjuez which was used in the British film Brassed Off, a movie about a British colliery brass band. In keeping with the British theme, the Concord Band will perform musical highlights from My Fair Lady.

July 18th: Presenting Cynthia Cobb Sullivan

Guest vocalist Cynthia Cobb Sullivan joins the Concord Band at Fruitlands on Thursday, July 18, 2002.. She will sing the great Gershwin standards "S'Wonderful" and "How Long Has This Been Going On." Ms. Cobb Sullivan will also sing memorable tunes by Harold Arlen, Richard Rogers, and Jimmy McHugh. Ms. Cobb Sullivan sings with many big bands and small combos in the New England area including The Soft Touch, Compaq Big Band, Westwood Swing Band, the Roy Nutile Orchestra, and The Suburbanaires. She has studied voice in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. She has appeared in several off-Broadway plays, as well as television commercials and soap operas. The Concord band is excited to have Cynthia as a guest vocalist again this season.

July 25th: A Tribute to Richard Rogers

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Concord Band will feature music by Richard Rogers. To commemorate Rogers' collaboration with Lorenz Hart, the Concord Band will play a medley of their tunes including "Mimi," "Isn't It Romantic," and "Lover." The Concord Band will perform music from "Victory at Sea," Rogers' classic work for the 1952 World War II TV documentary series. A tribute to Richard Rogers wouldn't be complete without music from Rogers and Hammerstein's first musical "Oklahoma!," as well as their musical "South Pacific."

Located in rural Harvard, Massachusetts, Fruitlands has an unparalleled view across the Nashua River valley. The successive landscapes covering 210-acres contain direct evidence of human interactions with the land for at least 5000 years as well as ecological history dating back 250 million years. The collections in four museum buildings and along three miles of meadow and woodland trails, tell stories and explore evidence about New England cultures and their expression in the landscape. These stories are based on local geology, ecology, Native American evidence before and after colonization, colonial settlers, market farmers, and the religious, utopian and aesthetic seekers who populated New England during the turbulent 19th century. Each of these stories represents a distinct and defining moment in the evolving history of New England culture, and of New England landscapes.

Museums are open from 11:00 to 4:30 weekdays, and 10-5 weekends, beginning May 11, through October 31, 2002.

Admission: $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors and $2.00 for children ages 4-17

For information, contact: Heather McDonald, Education Department (978) 456-3924 x239 fruitlands, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA 01451

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