Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Week 7 - Season Finale - July 27, 7:30pm

Our 2001 summer concert series concludes this week with a program led by our guest conductor, Tom Broka. The first half of the concert with feature the Chemical City Band performing music including "Selections from the Music Man", and "West Side Story". Mr. Broka is retired from the Bay City Public Schools, where he served many years as Music Coordinator and Director of Bands at Handy and Western High Schools.

The second half of the evening will offer excepts from the upcoming Teenage Musicals production of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". This projection is under the direction of Tracey Kempsell, who teaches middle school choir and elementary general music in the Midland Public Schools.

Please join us as we conclude our 102nd season of free concerts here in Midland's Central Park.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Week 6 - July 20, 7:30pm

Our next performance will be on Wed July 20th, and will be an evening of light classics. Featured soloist will be french hornist Al Rise, a recent graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School who will be attending the Cleveland Institute of Music beginning next month. He will perform the Concertpiece for Horn by the great French composer Camille Saint-Saens.

Rounding out the program will be:

March from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
Concertpiece (horn soloist Al Rise)
Ballet Parisien (excepts from Offenbach's music)
Belle of the Ball
Three Ayes from Gloucester
The Invincible Eagle march
... and more

In addition, we will be recognizing a member of the band who has performed for over 50 summers in the woodwind section. Come and see who we are honoring!!!

We will also bring you an update on the fundraising for the Central Park Band Shell Project (with Craig MacDonald of the Alden B. and Vada Dow Foundation).

The program begins at 7:30pm, so make plans to join us.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Week 5 - July 13, 7:30pm

Our summer concert series continues this week with the hope of another beautiful evening in our favorite concert venue, Central Park. Musical selections will include:

PDQ Bach - 2nd movement, Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion :)
Clare Grundman - American Folk Rhapsody
Percy Grainger - Suite of selections (Country Gardens, Danny Boy, and Molly on the Shore)
Aram Kachaturian - Sabre Dance
Eric Osterling - March for a Festive Occasion
James Barnes - The Silver Gazebo
John Philip Sousa - two marches; The Gladiator, and Semper Fidelis

The fund drive to restore the band shell is ongoing, and we ask for your support for this worthy cause. Contributions can be made through the Midland Area Community Foundation. Be sure to select the Central Park Band Shell Project as your fund choice.

Come and join us for another evening of music and history as we continue our 102nd season of operation here in Midland.