Municipal Band to pave the way for circus with performance June 21 of 'Clowns'

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A wide variety of music is in store for listeners as the Marshall Municipal Band performs this Thursday evening on Marshall square. The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse.

The concert will open with the Star- Spangled Banner. It will be followed by the Italian grand march, "The Florentiner" by Julius Fucik, according to Director Kevin Lines.

Fucik was a prolific composer with nearly 400 works to his credit and over 100 marches, several of which are considered the finest ever composed, Lines said.

The band will then turn to the contemporary composer Elliot Del Borgo and his "Gaelic Rhapsody." This work begins with the ever-loved "Danny Boy," and includes a handful of other popular Irish songs, according to Lines.

"Träumerei" by Robert Schumann is a standard for accomplished pianists. Composer and arranger Robert Longfield has brilliantly transcribed this well-known work for modern concert band.

Marshall will play host to the circus this coming Monday, June 25, and the Marshall Municipal Band wants to get everyone in the spirit with the rollicking "Clowns" by Philip Parker, Lines said.

"As the title suggests, this work is a piece in the style of a circus gallop that depicts the frantic pace of clowns running around performing their zany antics at the circus," Lines said.

Leroy Anderson was an amazing man with many talents who could have succeeded in any endeavor he chose, according to Lines, but the world is fortunate he selected musical composition as his life-long vocation.

"Anderson will always be remembered for the compositions he wrote for the Boston Pops Orchestra," Lines said. "The band will perform his delightful 'Blue Tango.'"

The melodic style, natural to Italian music, has provided the brilliant John Cacavas with material for his richly textured concert band arrangement "Great Themes from Great Italian Movies."

The medley features "More" which is the theme to the movie "Mondo Cane" as well as music from the films, "Malamondo," "8 1/2," "Women of the World" and "Mondo Pazzo."

"Composer Warren Barker is a master at taking well-known melodies and adding surprising twists and turns to create an excitingly fresh arrangement," Lines said. "Barker applies his skill to the classic 'Strike Up The Band.'

"This arrangement is not new to our library, but it has been several years since we've played it. The musicians thoroughly enjoyed it last night and I am sure the audience too will delight in this fresh arrangement."

James Ployhar is a well-known composer who has penned several popular works performed by the band. His concert march "Södermanland" is based on a Swedish folk melody.

The closing trilogy will begin with Robert W. Smith's sublime arrangement; "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," Lines said.

"Smith beautifully paints this well-known melody with the palette of the modern concert band," he said.

The band again turns to composer John Cacavas with his arrangement "Star-Spangled Spectacular: The Music of George M. Cohan." The music of Cohan has become synonymous with America and the Great White Way of Broadway.

This music, which has inspired Americans for the last half of the 20th century with its rousing spirit and color, is ideally suited for the band, Lines said.

This medley includes: "Mary's A Grand Old Name;" "Give My Regard To Broadway;" "Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway;" "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "You're A Grand Old Flag."

The concert will conclude with "Uncle Sammy."

"Come and enjoy your Thursday evening with your friends and the Marshall Municipal Band," said Lines.

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