Concord Band to Get a Hand from Concord Players
Concord, Mass., October 11, 2009 When Concord Band Music
Director James O'Dell was selecting a reciter to perform with the Band,
he needed to look no further than the other end of the hall.
While the Concord Band and Concord Players share a home in The Performing
Arts Center at 51 Walden Street, they rarely share the stage at the same
But this time when the Band opens it 51st season, Chuck Holleman of the
Players will be featured as the reciter for three songs from
Façade by William Walton, as part of an October 24th
concert with the theme "Music from Across the Pond."
Composer William Walton referred to Façade as "an
entertainment" and the music is marked by parody, mock seriousness, and
The text is by British poet Dame Edith Sitwell, and she was the reciter
when Façade was first performed in January 1922 at the
Sitwell home in Chelsea, England.
The band will perform three of the movements from the work: "Popular
Song," "Jodelling Song" and "Polka."
Mr. Holleman, a resident of Carlisle, has been a member of the Concord
Players since 1995, appearing in shows such as 1776, A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and South Pacific.
He is the current Treasurer of the Concord Players, as well as the
Treasurer of the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters.
"We are excited to be working with Chuck," said Mr. O'Dell.
"Not only does he have the necessary musical skills for this challenging
work, but he brings a great energy to the part and just the right
Also featured on the program will be the classic Folk Song
Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Philip Sparke's To A New
Dawn, a lively celebration of the new millenium, and Mannin
Veen by Haydn Wood, a tone poem representing the picturesque Isle of
In addition, there will be several marches with British connections, as
well as Leroy Anderson's Irish Suite and Selections from
"Cats" by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The concert begins at 8:00 pm in The Performing Arts Center at 51
Walden Street in Concord on Saturday, October 24.
Tickets are $15 each ($5 for students and seniors) and are available at
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.
Thousands attend its summer concerts at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard,
Massachusetts each year.
For additional information, contact Peter Norton,
Concord Band Publicity.
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