(Extended press release - more on the music)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/7/2017
Local Meets International at River Run Showcase Concert
Each year, the Guelph Concert Band brings a much anticipated showcase concert to the River Run Centre.
Tickets are on sale now for Sunday, February 26 at 3pm , when the band will present "Guelph Around the World". The concert features a core group of volunteer musicians, joined by talented local guest perfor-
From the far east we have Jan Van de Roost’s Olympica, a raging jubilee overture commissioned by the Nagano Community Band in Japan. Olympica reflects the story of Nagano’s surroundings, its residents, and their passion for music.
Next is a stop in Russia for Tchaikovsky’s Russian Dance from the iconic Swan Lake featuring one of the band's youngest members, the immensely talented Bridget Walsh. Bridget not only stars here, but the arrangement is of her own making. She will take a break from her usual trumpet to shine on her violin in this outstanding piece.
Italy follows with the alluring arrangements of Funiculi Funicula and Italian Festival.
The concert showstopper is none other than Alfred Reed’s Armenian Dances, a telling of five distinct themes inspired from a collection of folk songs collected by Komitas Vardapet. Starting with the Apricot tree, followed by The Partridge’s song, and Hoy My Beloved, which involves some very interesting timing. The piece finishes with Alagyaz (a mountain in Armenia), and Go, Go providing a speedy ending.
Moving to a few selections from film scores, music selections will include Slumdog Millionaire and a traditional Irish dance from Titanic .
Pomp and Circumstance, a set of military marches best known in North America for the excerpt played at graduation ceremonies, is featured in full form every year at Britain's beloved “Last Night of the Proms" concert. Composer Sir Edward Elgar’s set of marches gets its title from Shakespeare's Othello ("Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!", a sentiment questioned since WWI) and in 1902 was adapted for use in the coronation of King Edward VII.
Guest performers include Adrian Raso, a member of Guelph's Italian community, on original, gypsy-style guitar; Russian ballerina Ekaterina Tikanova, youth musicians from GCVI, The John McLelland Jazz Quartet and dancers from Celtic Academy Irish Dance Canada.
Tickets are $5-25, available via River Run Centre box office 519-763-3000 and online at http://riverrun.ca/whats-on/guelph-concert-band-guelph-around-the-world/
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 Parr Dawson Group of WorldSource Securities, The Woolwich Arrow, Norfolk Manor, and 20% Solutions.
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