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Concord Band Concert Features World Premiere Inspired by Latin Dance

Concord, Mass, February 24, 2020 — The Concord Band continues its 61st season with a Winter Concert entitled “Festival de Música Española.” The concert, to be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm, will feature the world premiere of Fantasia Latina by Terry White, a new commission by Concord Band percussionist Neil Tischler. The new piece is based on four Latin dance styles: Tango, Danzon, Songo and Samba. The piece has rhythms and motives that are common to the four dance styles, but with unexpected rhythmic and harmonic twists that keep Neil and his fellow percussionists busy. Neil commissioned the piece, his second commission for the Concord Band, in celebration of his 48 years with the Concord Band. Terry White has been a music educator, composer, arranger and band leader in the Portland, Maine area for over 34 years, and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and the University of New Hampshire.

In keeping with the theme of the Winter Concert, Music Director Jim O'Dell has chosen other Latin music from Southern Spain, Andalusia, the mountains of Peru, as well as Brazil and Argentina. The program will include four movements from Georges Bizet's famous Carmen Suites, Julie Giroux's Mezquita de Córdoba, Shelly Hanson's Volver a la Montaña (Return to the Mountain) from a suite based on Inca folk songs, the well-known “Adagio” movement from Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, La Bamba de Vera Cruz, and several other familiar Spanish marches. In addition, the Concord Band welcomes guest soloists The Area 9 Quartet, a Boston-based saxophone quartet that includes two Concord Band saxophone players, John Rabinowitz and Kangyi Liu. Area 9 will play the “Fandango” and “Choro y Tango” movements from Aldemaro Romero's Saxophone Quartet.

The Concord Band's March 7 concert will be held at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden Street, Concord, MA, and is free, with donations gratefully accepted. The Concord Band is supported by grants from Harvard and Bolton Cultural Councils, agencies of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Band is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that gladly accepts any donations through on-line links at the Band website or Concord Band blog, where you can also find more information about the Winter Concert or the 2013 Sudler Silver Scroll-winning Concord Band.

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