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Music Inspired by and Created In America

Sunday, March 15 3:00pm
$18 adults, $15 seniors/children under 12
$12 Northeast Metro Vocational School students with ID


* Special Guest Artists

* Free Refreshments and Beverages *

* Themed Raffle Baskets *

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Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School
100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA

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From New Orleans jazz to Chicago blues, Hollywood hits to Broadway showstoppers, the rich cultural and natural landscapes of this country have inspired countless musicians and composers through the years. The Middlesex Concert Band weaves together an American tapestry of sound featuring works from several musical genres and composers in Music Made in America on Sunday, March 15, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical School in Wakefield, MA.

The program presents works from some of the country’s best known and best loved composers, running the gamut from Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait,” featuring a stirring narration of President Lincoln’s words, to John Philip Sousa’s “The National Game March,” a lesser-known march from the baseball lover (and his band’s team pitcher) in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National League. The program also includes two pieces from the esteemed contemporary band composer Frank Ticheli—“An American Elegy,” composed in memory of the victims of the Columbine High School tragedy, and a quiet, expressive arrangement of the American folk song “Shenandoah.”

Of course, any program examining American music has to include a healthy dose of jazz, and this one is no exception. The iconic Big Band Era favorite “In The Mood,” made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, will have the audience dancing in their seats. Other toe-tapping numbers include W. C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues,” George Gershwin’s “Strike Up The Band,” and Richard Rodgers “Blue Moon.” The highlight of the jazz offerings is Allen Vizzutti’s “American Jazz Suite,” written by the virtuoso trumpeter to feature various jazz trumpet styles and techniques. Music Director Mark Olson, who is also an accomplished trumpet player, will put down his baton and pick up his trumpet for this dynamic piece.

Not wanting to overlook the contributions of Hollywood and Broadway to America’s musical landscape, the Middlesex Concert Band also presents “The Golden Age of Broadway,” featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and a salute to that most American of movie genres, the Hollywood Western, and one of Hollywood best-loved composers, John Williams, with Williams’ “The Cowboys.”This will be an afternoon of exciting and stirring music, paying homage to just a few of the countless musicians who have defined, and continue to enrich, America’s music. In addition to the fabulous music, the audience will enjoy free refreshments and are invited to try their luck in a raffle featuring more than a dozen themed gift baskets.

Music Made in America Program:

Strike Up the Band – George & Ira Gershwin, arr. Warren Barker
An American Elegy (composed in memory & honor of Columbine High School)– Frank Ticheli
The National Game – John Philip Sousa , arr. Keith Brion
Lincoln Portrait – Aaron Copland
The Cowboys (from the movie "The Cowboy and the Girl") – John Williams, arr. Jim Curnow

-- Intermission --

In The Mood (based on Glenn Miller arrangement) – Joe Garland, arr. Andy Clark
American Jazz Suite – Allen Vizzutti
St. Louis Blues – W.C. Handy, arr. Jerry Nowak
Blue Moon – Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, arr. Warren Barker
Shenandoah – Frank Ticheli
The Golden Age of Broadway (the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein II) – Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers, arr. John Moss

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Join us Sunday, March 15, 3:00pm

Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School, 100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA
For directions, click here:

Buy tickets now

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