Concord, Mass., July 3, 2009 The Concord Band and Minute Man
National Historical Park two organizations that are intrinsic
parts of the historic and cultural fabric of the Town of Concord
will join forces and share the celebrations of their respective, ongoing
50th anniversaries with a free gala concert by The Concord Band at the
North Bridge Visitors Center/Buttrick Estate of Minute Man National
Historical Park, 174 Liberty Street, Concord, MA on Sunday, July 19 at
In the event of rain, the concert will take place at the Performing Arts
Center at 51 Walden in Concord Center.
Since this year marks the golden anniversary of both the Band and the
Park, the two groups decided to present a joint celebration in their home
Park Superintendant Nancy Nelson and the members of The Concord Band are
thrilled that they will once again be able to collaborate and have the
Band return to its first summer "home" for a very special concert.
The Buttrick Gardens at the North Bridge Visitors Center were the
location of many outdoor summer concerts in the 1970s and 1980s by the
Concord Band Assistant Publicist (and piccolo player) and Concord
resident Laura Finkelstein is also excited about this event, and fondly
remembers summer concerts performed in this beautiful location
overlooking the Concord River: "Audiences sat all through the gardens
and some even came up the river in canoes and listened to the music while
sitting in their boats on the river!"
Concord Band Music Director James O'Dell has chosen a program that
will feature Flowing Pens from Concord by Roger Cichy, based on
the writings of four of Concord's most famous and revered authors,
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph
This four-movement work was commissioned by the Band for its golden
anniversary celebration and premiered, to much critical acclaim, at the
Band's 50th Anniversary Concert in March.
"Louisa May Alcott" as portrayed by Jan Turnquist, Director of Orchard
House, will be on hand to provide a dramatic introduction to the
Another Concord Band commission, Boston Liberties by Julie
Giroux, will also be on the program.
This lyrical and exciting work celebrates Boston's role as the maritime
center of America in Colonial days.
The concert will also feature other pieces of historical interest,
including Concord by Clare Grundman, American Triptych by
Jim Curnow, and Parade of the Tall Ships by Jay Chattaway, as
well as a toe-tapping selection of marches, jazz and Broadway tunes.
About Minute Man National Historical Park
On Sept. 21, 1959, the Congress of the United States of America
established Minute Man National Historical Park to preserve and interpret
important sites associated with the opening battle of the American
Revolution, a battle that led to the creation of this country.
It was here that the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired, igniting
a flame of liberty that still burns brightly in the hearts of
freedom-loving people around the world.
Celebrations of the Park's 50th Anniversary have been taking place
since April 2009 and will continue through September 2009, with the theme
"Honoring The Past; Inspiring The Future."
There will be a series of special interpretative and educational events
(including lectures, scholars' forums, living history demonstrations,
Park ranger-led walks, concerts, and historical building "open houses"),
all designed to serve 1.2 million Park visitors, to engage youth and
families, and to attract new and diverse audiences.
The 1,028-acre park includes the North Bridge, the Minute Man statue,
and The Wayside, Home of Authors.
The five-mile Battle Road Trail for walking or bicycling, follows
remnants of the original colonial-era road, and visits historic houses,
farming fields, wetlands, and forest.
About The Concord Band
The Concord Band, founded as a 20-member marching unit for Concord's
Patriots' Day Parade in 1959, has become one of the leading community
concert bands in the United States (it gave up marching in 1970 to become
exclusively a symphonic concert ensemble).
It is well known for its innovative programming and the exceptional
quality of its commissioned pieces.
The Band presents formal and Pops concerts throughout the year, both at
its permanent home, the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street in
Concord, and at its summer home for the past 23 years, Fruitlands Museum
in Harvard, MA (where outdoor summer concerts are held every Wednesday
evening with Thursday raindates from late June through the
end of July).
In March 2009, James O'Dell became the Band's new (and only third) Music
Director, and the July 19th concert at North Bridge will mark his debut
conducting performance at Minute Man Park.
For further information about The Concord Band, visit its website at:
www.concordband.org or call 978-897-9969.
For information on Minute Man National Historical Park, visit its website
or call 978-369-6993.
For additional information, contact Peter Norton,
Concord Band Publicity.
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