The Concord Band Opens its 44th Season
CONCORD, MA, October 7, 2002 The Concord Band opens its 44th season
Saturday, October 26, 2002, at 8pm at 51 Walden Street, Concord with a
concert featuring special guests, special honors, and music from
contemporary works for symphonic band, as well as classics of the concert
The Concord Band welcomes guest conductor Paul Berler to the podium to
conduct Haydn Wood's Mannin Veen, a romantic work that is an extended
setting of four Manx folk songs. Mr. Berler will also conduct Charles Ives'
contemporary masterwork for band, Variations on America, a delightful
piece full of tongue-in-cheek humor. Mr. Berler is the Band Director at
Chelsea, Massachusetts, High School and Director of the Chelmsford Community
The concert's featured soloist will be Paul Silver, who plays in the first
clarinet section of the Concord Band. Mr. Silver will be perform the third
(Rondo) movement of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. Mr. Silver joined
the Concord Band in 1997 and has played as part of the Band's Dixieland
ensembles. This concert marks his first solo effort with the Band. Mr.
Silver has been a member of the New England Conservatory Chamber Symphony,
the Longy School of Music Big Band, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, and
concertmaster of the Middlesex Concert Band.
The Concord Band will honor two people with the Concord Band Lifetime
Service Award. The award recognizes individuals whose participation over
time has made a fundamental difference to the Concord Band. This year the
recipients of the award are Concord Band Music Director Emeritus
William M. Toland and retired Concord Band bassoonist Bill Burdine.
For tickets, please call (978) 897-9969.
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. Its summer concerts at
Fruitlands Museums in Harvard, Massachusetts, are attended by more than
10,000 people each year. The band's Music Director is
Dr. William G. McManus.
For additional information, contact Yvonne Dailey,
Concord Band Publicity.
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