Concord Band Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Season Celebration with Guest Conductor and World Premiere
Concord, Mass., October 9, 2008 The Concord Band begins the
celebration of its 50th Anniversary Season with three of the things that
have made it special over its first half-century: an internationally
renowned guest conductor, the world premiere of a new piece for band, and
a reprise of one of its favorite commissioned pieces.
The October 25th concert will feature a world premiere performance of
Four Songs Without Words on Poems of Kleist for Concert Band by
Concord composer Michael Weinstein. Music Director William G. McManus has
also invited former USAF Academy Band Director Steven Grimo to return as
In addition, the Fall Concert will continue the two-year-long
presentation of the Band's best commissioned works as the Band prepares
to create a CD of all these works.
This concert includes Boston Liberties by Julie Giroux,
commissioned by the Concord Band and first performed in March 2003.
Boston Liberties is a four-movement work that celebrates Boston's
role as the maritime center of America in Colonial days.
The program will also include another Giroux composition,
La Mezquita de Córdoba, as well as
Parade of the Tall Ships,
Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon,
An Ellington Portrait,
Porgy and Bess Selections, and
Michael H. Weinstein, a Concord resident, has written more than fifty
works for all kinds of ensembles, from symphony orchestras to choruses to
He is particularly committed to writing music for wind instruments and
has received some of his most important commissions and performances in
Dr. Weinstein is currently the chair of the music department at the
Cambridge School of Weston, an Assistant Professor of Composition at the
Berklee College of Music, and a member of the faculty of the New England
Conservatory Preparatory Division in the Theory/Composition
Dr. Weinstein was inspired to write a piece for band after meeting
Armin Kopp, who directs an American-style concert band at the Kleist
Schule, a middle school in Eschborn, Germany, where Weinstein has family
Since the school is named for Heinrich von Kleist, a German poet,
Dr. Weinstein selected four of Kleist's poems on which to base his piece.
Four Songs Without Words on Poems of Kleist for Concert Band was composed
in 2003, but has yet to be performed because of its requirements for a
full concert band instrumentation.
Given the Concord Band's commitment to showcasing new music for band,
Dr. McManus and Dr. Weinstein agreed that the Band would be ideal to
present the premiere performance.
Dr. Steven Grimo is the Chairman of the Music Department at the
Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Dr. Grimo retired from the United States Air Force in 2007 after a
22-year career that culminated with his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel,
serving as Commander and Music Director for The USAF Academy Band.
Previous to his military service, he taught music for ten years in
Massachusetts public schools.
He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from the New England Conservatory
of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Catholic
University of America.
An internationally active guest conductor and clinician, he was inducted
into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2006.
Dr. Grimo last appeared as guest conductor with the Concord Band in March
The concert begins at 8:00 pm in The Performing Arts Center at 51
Walden Street in Concord on Saturday, October 25.
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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