Concord Band Begins Two-Year 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 27th
Concord, MA The Concord Band will open its 2007-2008 season at 51
Walden Street in Concord with its Fall Concert on Saturday, October 27,
2007, at 8:00 p.m. This concert will mark the beginning of a two-year
celebration leading to the Concord Band's 50th anniversary concert in
March of 2009. During this celebration the Band will program a number of
its most outstanding commissions.
The Concord Band has an unusual record among community bands for the
number of new works commissioned by such distinguished composers as Norman
Dello Joio, James Curnow, Warren Barker, Stephen Bulla, Julie Giroux, and
Elliot Del Borgo. In 2009 the Band will release a CD dedicated to these
pieces. In addition, the Band has commissioned a major new work for
symphonic band by composer Roger Cichy in honor of the Band's 50th
anniversary. This new work will be premiered at the 50th Anniversary
Concert in 2009.
The very first work commissioned by the Concord Band was
Satiric Dances by composer Norman Dello Joio. This work was
commissioned in commemoration of Concord's Bicentennial of April 19, 1975,
for the Concord Band, and was funded by the town of Concord.
Satiric Dances has since become a staple in the concert band
repertory. In this concert, the Band will perform Satiric Dances as
well another major work for concert band by Dello Joio,
Scenes from the Louvre. The Band will also present the
Concord Band commission, Dichotomy...Impressions of Kerouac, in
recognition of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's
great beat generation novel On the Road. This work was composed for
the Concord Band by University of Lowell composer Daniel P. Lutz and was
premiered in 1997.
The Concord Band has always also distinguished itself by featuring
outstanding soloists from within the Band. In this Fall concert, Westford
resident Jean Munro will perform Stephen Bulla's Rhapsody for Flute
with the Band.
The program will begin with Fanfare for a Festive Day by Roger
Cichy, and will also include On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss by David
R. Holsinger, tunes from Rossini's An Italian in Algiers, and
Spirit of Flight, a new work for concert band by John O'Reilly,
recently commissioned by the United States Air Force Academy Band,
Lt. Col. Steven Grimo, Commander.
The concert begins at 8:00 PM in Concord's Performing Arts Center at 51
Walden Street. Tickets are $10 at the door ($5 students/seniors). For
more information, visit the band's website at www.concordband.org or call
Westford resident Jean Munro will be featured as flute soloist in the
Concord Bandís Fall Concert at 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 27 at 51
Walden St., in Concord. Tickets are available at the door or by calling