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Notes from the Concord Band

Notes from the Concord Band

Since 1959..................P.O. Box 302, Concord MA 01742............Published Semi-annually

Winter/Spring 1998 Newsletter

  • Young Artist Kathryn René to Perform
  • Winter Concert
  • Michelle French Returns
  • A Busy Summer Schedule
  • What Your Money Buys
  • McManus Elected President of MENC Eastern Division
  • Berkshire Band Fest
  • Calendar of Events
  • Previous Issues of Notes:

  • Fall 1997
  • Winter/Spring 1997
  • Fall 1996
  • Winter/Spring 1996
  • Fall 1995

  • Kathryn René
    Kathryn René, 1998 Young Artist Soloist

    Young Artist Kathryn René to Perform

    Kathryn (Katie) René, is this year's winner of the Concord Band's Young Artist Scholarship, will perform at the Concord Band's Winter Concert, Saturday March 7 at 8:15pm. The Young Artist Competition is now in its third year. Katie, 16, is a junior at Lowell High School, where she is an honors student recently inducted into the National Honor Society. A flutist for six years, Katie is an active member of the Lowell High Marching and Concert Bands, the Jazz Band and the A Capella Choir. She is also a member of the Chelmsford Community Band, the Chelmsford Flute Choir, and the Timberlaine Flute Choir in Plaistow, NH.

    Never one to miss an opportunity to expand her musical horizons, Katie has attended band camp at the Univiversity of Massachusetts at Lowell, where she has studied under David Martins, director of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, and Prof. Daniel Lutz, whose Concord Band commission, Dichotomy... Impressions of Kerouac, was premiered last fall. She also attended the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, and hopes to lead the LHS Band on the field in her senior year. Katie is also a member of both the National Flute Association and the Greater Boston Flute Association, and has attended master classes taught by James Galway, internationally recognized flutist, and Fenwick Smith of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Not satisfied to play only one instrument, Katie also plays the piccolo, oboe, baritone horn and piano. Musical talent runs in Katie's family: Her mother, Vanessa René, who is a long-time member of the Concord Band, plays oboe and English horn; her younger brother plays alto saxophone; and her younger sister plays French horn. Upon graduation from high school, Katie plans to attend Boston University, where she will major in Music Education.

    A devotee particularly of the Romantic and Impressionist styles of music, Katie has chosen to perform Concertino for Flute Solo by Cecile Chaminade, an Impressionist era French composer. Her flute teacher, Theresa Dovydaitis D'Errico, has encouraged and nurtured Katie's talents in this period, as is apparent in her rendition of the Chaminade.

    The Band wishes Katie good luck on her debut. We hope that, like previous Concord Band Young Artists, she will inspire other talented young instrumentalists to apply for this scholarship.


    Winter Concert

    51 Walden, Concord, Saturday March 7

    In contrast to the Concord Band's Fall Concert, which had a decidedly American flavor, our Winter Concert will feature music from countries around the world. The band will be conducted by the Band's Music Director, Dr. William McManus.

    The program will open with James Curnow's composition Welsh Variants, commissioned by the Concord Band. This work is based upon a folk song which Mr. Curnow first heard on the sound track of the film, Empire of the Sun. Subsequent research by Mr. Curnow revealed its Welsh origins. The first performance of this work was presented in 1988 with the composer conducting. Mr. Curnow has composed several other commissioned works for the Concord Band including Five Concord Diversions and Overture to a Winter Festival, commissioned in honor of Music Director Emeritus, William M. Toland.

    The program will continue with settings of two folk songs by Percy Grainger. The first is Irish Tune from County Derry, popularly known as "Danny Boy." Grainger composed this work in memory of the great Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg. This beautiful composition has become a favorite in the repertoire of concert bands all over the world. The second Grainger setting is the delightful Shepherd's Hey, a traditional English Morris dance tune which Grainger also set for orchestra as well as solo piano.

    The first half of the concert will close with a recently published arrangement of music from the great Rogers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma! Robert Russell Bennett, who composed Suite of Old American Dances recently performed at our Fall Concert, arranged an orchestral medley from the show in 1944. This orchestral medley of Bennett's original score has been adapted for band by R. Mark Rogers and is sure to become a staple of the concert band repertoire.

    The Band will open the second half of the concert with an overture by one of the great composers of Italian Opera, Giuseppi Verdi. Nabucco Overture features what has come to be known as the "Rossini's Crescendo," an increase in volume that builds over a lengthy stretch of music.

    The Concord Band's 1998 Young Artist Competition winner, Katie René, will be featured in a performance of Concertino for Flute Solo, a beautiful work for solo flute by French composer Cecile Chaminade. Originally written for flute and piano, the accompaniment was scored for band by Clayton Wilson in 1947.

    The concert will close with John Barnes Chance's exciting composition, Variations on a Korean Folk Song. Chance based this work on the Korean song "Arrirang." The Concord Band has performed several works by Chance including Incantation and Dance and Introduction and Capriccio.


    Ms. Michele French
    Michele French, Guest Artist, soprano.

    Michelle French Returns

    Soprano Michelle French, a favorite of Concord Band audiences, will be Guest Artist at our Spring Pops concerts on Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4. Miss French was the Band's first featured vocalist and a frequent soloist during the seasons from 1989 through 1994. Miss French appeared at the Band's Fall and Winter Concerts, Holiday Pops Concerts, Spring Pops Concerts, the Boston Band Festival, and at the Band's summer concert series at Fruitlands Museums. Her 1989 performance of the "Queen of the Night" aria from Mozart's Magic Flute was unforgettable. Miss French will be performing "Romany Life" and "Italian Street Song" by Victor Herbert, and "Sempre Libera" from Verdi's great opera, La Traviata.


    The Concord Band at Fruitlands Museums
    The Concord Band's summer concerts at the Fruitlands Museums, Harvard, Mass.

    A Busy Summer Schedule

    Mark your calendars and plan to enjoy some wonderful evenings with the Concord Band this summer. The Band will be opening its summer season with a concert at Wood Park in Hudson on June 24, beginning at 6:30 PM. The band will be performing at its summer home at Fruitlands Museums in Harvard on July 9, 16, 23, and 30. The Fruitlands Concerts begin at 7:30 PM. Picnicking beforehand is a Concord Band tradition! We return to Belmont's Payson Park Music Festival on Wednesday, July 29, beginning at 6:30 PM. On July 2, the Band will be presenting an Independence Day program in Bolton. As usual, the Band will be performing at Concord's annual "Picnic in the Park" on the Fourth of July beginning at 3:00 PM. We look forward to seeing our many friends at these concerts.


    What Your Money Buys

    From time to time we use this space to help those who support the Concord Band understand the financial side of our operation—where our money comes from and how we use it. In the Fall 1997 issue of Notes we reported on sources and uses of funds by category. Here we give concrete examples of how your contributions benefit the Band.
    Your contribution of: Pays for:
  • Printing of concert poster
  • $35
  • Annual Massachusetts filing fee
  • $50
  • Membership in band assocication
  • Printing of concert tickets
  • $75
  • Tympani tuning gauge
  • $100
  • Set of music parts
  • Postage and mailing for one month
  • Electronic tuner
  • Wind clips for outdoor concerts
  • $150
  • Temple blocks (percussion instrument)
  • $200
  • Fee for band festival
  • Sound amplification at one Fruitlands concert
  • $300
  • Young Artist scholarship
  • Printing of concert program
  • $325
  • Rent for one month at 51 Walden
  • $500
  • Digital recording and editing for one concert
  • Equipment storage at Fruitlands
  • Rent tables for Holiday Pops
  • $750
  • Printing one issue of Notes
  • $1000
  • Music Director's salary for one month
  • Vibraphone
  • Bus transportation to band festival
  • $2000
  • Tympano (kettle drum)
  • $3000
  • CD production
  • $5000
  • Commission a new work for concert band
  • Will you support the Concord Band financially so that we might continue to provide the community with the best in concert band music? Please send your contribution to the masthead address.


    Dr. William McManus
    Music Director,
    Dr. William McManus

    McManus Elected President of MENC Eastern Division

    Concord Band Music Director, Dr. William McManus, has been elected President of the Eastern Division of the Music Educators National Conference. Initially designated President-elect, he will assume the position of President of the Division in July, 1999. As President, he will represent the Eastern Division on the MENC National Executive Board and oversee the activities of the Eastern Division, which includes all of the New England States, as well as New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. In the eighty-year history of the Division, only two other people from Massachusetts have been elected to this position: the late Dr. Paul Gayzagian, former head of the Music Education Department at the University of Lowell; and the late Dr. Lee Chrisman, former Chairman of the Music Education Department at Boston University.


    Berkshire Band Fest

    The Concord Band is making plans to participate in the 1998 Berkshire Band Fest, a unique festival for community bands of New England and Upstate New York. The Band Fest, which is being sponsored by the Eagles Band, Inc., of Pittsfield, Massachusetts and the Pittsfield High School Music Department, will be held on Saturday, June 20, 1998, at Pittsfield High School. This event, the first of its kind in the Berkshires, will provide the members of the Concord Band with an opportunity to perform a public concert as part of the festival in the western part of the state, experience a performance clinic with a nationally acclaimed clinician, participate in master classes, and discuss ideas that are currently affecting community bands in our area. In addition to participating in the Band Fest, the Concord Band is hoping to present a second concert in the Berkshires that same weekend. The Band members are looking forward to a weekend of fun, fellowship, education, and great band music.


    Calendar of Events

    For driving directions, please click the name of the venue.
    Winter Concert
    51 Walden, Concord
    tickets: 978-897-9969.
    • Saturday, March 7, 8:15 pm.
    Spring Pops
    51 Walden, Concord
    • Friday April 3, 8:00 pm. tickets: 978-369-2374.
    • Saturday, April 4, 8:00 pm. tickets: 978-263-3743.
    Boston Band Festival
    Faneuil Hall, Boston MA
    • Saturday, June 6.
    Berkshire Band Fest
    Pittsfield High School
    • Saturday, June 20
    Hudson Community Concert
    Wood Park, Hudson MA
    • Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 pm.
    Bolton Community Concert
    Town Centre, Bolton
    • Thursday, July 2
    Picnic in the Park
    Emerson Field, Concord MA
    • Saturday, July 4, 3:00 pm.
    Fruitlands Museums Summer Series
    Fruitlands Museums, Harvard MA
    tickets: $5 per vehicle at the gate.
      Thursdays 7:30 pm.
    • July 9
    • July 16
    • July 23
    • July 30
    Belmont Community Concert
    Payson Park, Belmont MA
    • Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 pm.


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