FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/14/2017
City Band Kicks off Holiday Season with Film-Focused Concert
On Sunday, November 26, at 3 p.m., Guelph Concert Band will celebrate the start of winter season by performing a selection of music from beloved Christmas and holiday films.
The members of Guelph Concert Band are truly excited for this opportunity to invite the public in Guelph and beyond to attend the Christmas at the Movies concert in the beautiful E.L. Fox Theatre of John F. Ross Secondary School. Under the enchanted baton of their fearless leader, artistic director and conductor Chris Cigolea, they will conjure up fond memories and joyous feelings that the sparkling winter brings.
"We all have a favourite Christmas movie or two that we just can't wait to hunker down and watch again at this time of year," says Angela Taborda, artistic committee chair. "For me, it is comforting to reconnect with the characters, but what truly makes Christmas movies special are the memorable songs. Who doesn't love the scene with Buddy and Jovi singing "Baby it's Cold Outside", or everyone's childhood favourite "You're a Mean One Mister Grinch"? I look forward to seeing families out for a feast for the ears - where technology is set aside and the mind is freed to conjure up those magical memories."
More on the music:
The Nightmare Before Christmas – A medley from the 1993 Tim Burton musical stop-motion animated film. The score was composed by Danny Elfman, who has worked with Tim Burton since 1985 on films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Planet of the Apes (2001) as well as writing music for the long running animated TV show The Simpsons. This medley is comprised of 5 pieces from the film, the opening Overture, What's This?, Christmas Eve Montage, Sally's Song and This is Halloween.
Mele Kalikimaka – Written by Robert Alex Anderson in 1949, the title simply means 'Merry Christmas' in Hawaiian. This song was recorded by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters in 1950 and is one of the earliest known renditions of the song. This song can be heard in the 1989 Chevy Chase classic National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – This Christmas classic was written by Johnny Marks and debuted at No. 1 on the U.S charts a week before Christmas in 1949. The song is based off the Robert L. May book of the same name, released in 1939, which has seen numerous renditions of since the books release. Most notable among them is the 1964 stop-motion animation Christmas special.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – This Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane classic has seen its share of renditions since the original performance by Judy Garland in 1944. Even Garland's performance does not include the original lyrics, and Frank Sinatra's rendition in 1957 also has some of the lyrics changed. This song can be seen in classic films such as The Godfather (Al Martino), When Harry Met Sally (Bing Crosby) and Home Alone (Mel Tormé).
Gremlins Suite – This 1984 cult classic was one of the earliest films to combine horror with comedy alongside Ghostbusters, which debuted a few weeks earlier the same year. The Gremlins Suite is arranged for concert band, while the original score was written for a string ensemble with wind accompaniment. Written by Jerry Goldsmith, the original film score is darker, while this arrangement is a medley of the main themes from the film.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas – This classic score comes from the original 1966 animated film, adapted from the Dr. Seuss book. This arrangement features the melodic Welcome Christmas theme and the skulking theme of the films antagonist, You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.
Hallelujah Chorus – Composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741, Messiah is one of the most well known classical compositions to come from religious text. Derived with scriptural text from King James Bible, Hallelujah Chorus is the staple theme of Handel's famed oratorio.
Somewhere In My Memory – From the 1991 film Home Alone, this feature piece was written by John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Somewhere In My Memory features both an ensemble variation as well as a children's choir.
The Polar Express – This 2004 animated film screenplay by Robert Zemeckis marks the 11th film that he has produced with the films composer, Alan Sylvestri. Despite criticism for the animation aspect of the film, The Polar Express earned three Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Song for 'Believe' which is the opening piece of this moving and dynamic medley.
Helping Guelph Concert Band bring the show to life are some fabulous guests.
The angelic young voices of the Mitchell Woods Public School Choirs will make sure you have yourself a merry little Christmas as they perform with the band on four selections. The Junior and Senior Choirs are made up of dedicated and enthusiastic students in grades 3 to 5, and 6 to 8, respectively. They rehearse once a week and perform at school assemblies, concerts and music festivals in the community. They are thrilled to be given the opportunity to perform with this high calibre band in front of such a large audience!
You may know Jayme Armstrong as a top 3 finalist on CBC's How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria, or from her many musical theatre credits. Along with one of Guelph Concert Band's members, the very talented Patrick Stiles, the audience will be dazzled into warmth as they perform Baby It's Cold Outside - with a tap dance feature to boot.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite and at the door. In addition to regular and discounted senior/student tickets, the band is pleased to announce a new "Family" ticket option for $30. This single ticket admits two adults, and up to four children under the age of 12.
Get tickets now and enjoy this unique performance of magical movie music on Sunday, November 26 .
About Guelph Concert Band: Formed in 1878, the Guelph Concert Band has evolved into a concert symphonic band and registered charity, bringing live music to various venues throughout the year. Membership is made up of a mix of professionals and community members passionate about music, led by Romanian-born conductor Dr. Chris Cigolea. A musical leader extraordinaire, Cigolea is recipient of the 2016 Mayor's Award and founder of the new CIG School of Performing Arts.
Guelph Concert Band is grateful for the support of the City of Guelph, Musagetes Fund of the Guelph Community Foundation, the Oak Tree Project, The Woolwich Arrow, Norfolk Manor, and 20% Solutions.
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